Do you agree with Heidi M. Hurd’s argument, which she presents in “Why Liberals Should Hate ‘Hate Crime Legislation’,” that hatred and bias are not justifiable targets for increased criminal sanctions?

use the following scheme to mark essay assignments. It describes the basic components that you should include in your essay: Your position on the issue: /2 (POS) Argument(s) for your position: /3 (ARG) Objection(s) to your argument(s): /3 (OBJ) Response(s) to the objection(s): /2 (RES) Writing, grammar and style: /2 (WRIT) Total: /12 (See top of Course Outline for actual % course weight) Defending a position crafted in consideration of what a thoughtful opponent might say is the core of the discipline of philosophy and of good essay writing. Such objections can be drawn from research into the contending positions on an issue, such as you might uncover as you consider the different ethical outlooks covered in this course, your imagination, research or conversations with others. Start your essay by working out a preliminary position. Any research should focus on finding support for this position (relevant facts or supporting arguments from authorities, etc). When you have an argument or two worked out, use these specific arguments as guides for subsequent research into possible thoughtful objections. If you believe you can respond to those objections then you are done. If you can’t, then either modify your conclusion or the reasons you have for drawing your conclusion (“premises”) until you have an argument that can stand-up to thoughtful opposition. Your final essay should include only your best argument(s) for your position, the most thoughtful objection(s) and your response(s) to those objections. (1200 words. 50% of course grade)

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