What is the best way to structure a philosophical answer in an exam???

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In my mock I did earlier this year I got a B but I was not sure how on the last 6 mark question to structure it. Also how do you argue the other point of view on a 6 mark question.

Posted Thu 26th April, 2012 @ 20:25 by Alexandra Barrett

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introduction and depending on whether your for or against the argument you can start off with either 

eg  

“The universalization of moral maxims cannot be defended.” Discuss. Although Kant’s universalization of maxims can throw up a few inconsistencies and acts that would go against our moral intuitions they can be defended purely because they strive towards an ideal ethical commonwealth, where everyone is treated with equal respect. There would be no conflict or violence if everyone acted as though everyone were a legislator in the kingdom of ends. or Kant’s universalization of maxims cannot be defended due to the major weaknesses in his theory. A major weakness of Kant’s theory is that it would justify actions that we would not consider moral. An example is “Always walk on the left hand side.” This would not normally be considered part of morality but it passes Kant’s Categorical Imperative test as it is in accordance with the Formula of Universal Law. Alasdair MacIntyre supports this criticism as he believes that universalization can be used to justify practically anything.

Answered Thu 26th April, 2012 @ 20:31 by Nikhil Pillai
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then you continously give strengths and then counter arguments and then conclude here is a full essay :

“The universalization of moral maxims cannot be defended.” Discuss.

Although Kant’s universalization of maxims can throw up a few inconsistencies and acts that would

go against our moral intuitions they can be defended purely because they strive towards an ideal

ethical commonwealth, where everyone is treated with equal respect. There would be no conflict or

violence if everyone acted as though everyone were a legislator in the kingdom of ends.

Kant’s universalization of maxims cannot be defended due to the major weaknesses in his theory. A

major weakness of Kant’s theory is that it would justify actions that we would not consider moral.

An example is “Always walk on the left hand side.” This would not normally be considered part of

morality but it passes Kant’s Categorical Imperative test as it is in accordance with the Formula of

Universal Law. Alasdair MacIntyre supports this criticism as he believes that universalization can be

used to justify practically anything.

Answered Thu 26th April, 2012 @ 20:33 by Nikhil Pillai
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This is simple first of all state whether you agree or disagree with the question then portray 3 points as to how religious believers or other people (athiest etc.) agree or disagree. Then 3 points for the opposite whether its agree or disagree. But always remember to say whether you agree.. Hope this helps x

Answered Wed 30th May, 2012 @ 20:23 by Louise
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Thank you for your comments, It really helped me in my philosophy exam, hopefully I should get a higher mark than my mock

Thanks again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

Answered Sat 9th June, 2012 @ 13:14 by Alexandra Barrett