Essay Topic: Henry of Ghent on Proving the Existence of God. Henry examines whe
Essay Topic: Henry of Ghent on Proving the Existence of God. Henry examines whether we can use creatures to prove that there is a God. Essay Instructions: All students are required to write one 6-8 page essay, which must be submitted to me on May 05. Papers turned in after this deadline will be penalized one full grade for each day late. The essay should be clear and coherently written and it should be free of grammatical and typographical errors (please proofread your papers!). It also should be typed (double-spaced, 12 pt. font), with margins no wider than one inch. The essay should consist of a critical analysis of a philosophical or theological issue/text. I have listed below twelve possible topics for your paper. The texts themselves are available on Canvas. You will need to "sign-up" for a topic; this will be done on a “first-come, first served” basis. No more than three students may sign up for the same topic. Once you have signed up for a topic, you may switch topics only if the other topic is available. So, think before you sign up for a topic! I will not accept a paper from you unless you have signed up for that topic. Your task in the essay is to present and explicate the position that the author takes in the text, explaining clearly and coherently how he justifies his solution to the problem under discussion. This involves reading the text very carefully and explaining to the reader what is going on. Keep in mind that the purpose of this assignment is to give you practice in analyzing medieval philosophical and theological texts. It is important that you not merely summarize what the author has to say about a certain issue; rather, I expect you to explain the position that he adopts and how he tries to justify it. Ideally, you should also try to offer some comments on merits of his argument. You are not to use outside sources for these papers, and under no circumstances are you to pass off other people's ideas (or work) as your own. Violations of this rule will be regarded as plagiarism and will result in a failing grade for the assignment and course. if you need to contact me, email me @ Thank you!

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