persuasively argue that your topic of interest (Adolescent Behaviors related to Social Media) and the specific research question

In a paper of at least 1,800 words (not including title, abstract, and reference pages), persuasively argue that your topic of interest (Adolescent Behaviors related to Social Media) and the specific research question (  Question: How does the use of social media affect adolescent development in a negative manner? )you have identified are pertinent to your field of study and of interest to the broader academic and practitioner community.

  • Analyze the over-arching topic you are interested in and what justifies your research question, basing your analysis on the information you have gathered on the topic throughout this course. Cite literature you have found that explores, studies, or debates critical aspects of the topic or question.
  • Create a compelling argument that reinforces why you believe your topic is relevant to your field of study, and why your research question is important to answer, using principles of persuasive writing.
  • Assess the audience for a research study on your topic of interest, describing who might be interested in the answer to your research question.
    • Analyze how practitioners might use the answer to your research question to improve client service or to advance understanding in your field of study
    • Predict how the results of a study to address your research question might be used.
  • Appraise how you as a researcher might overcome any ethical concerns that could be associated with conducting a study to address your research question.

Your paper should incorporate the following persuasive-writing elements:

  • A strong opening that engages and draws in your reader to the arguments you will make in your paper;
  • Powerful descriptors and arguments that identify and support your positions with respect to the topic and question you have identified;
  • Responses to anticipated questions or potential disagreement about the importance of your choice of topic or research question; and
  • Summary points that tie up loose ends and leave your reader with a clear picture of your position with respect to the topic of interest and research question you have selected.

The Defending Your Research Topic and Question paper

  1. Must be at least 1,800 words in length (exclusive of abstract, title and reference pages)
  2. Incorporate at least 5 scholarly sources
  3. Include title, abstract and reference pages in your paper.

M1D2: Dissimulation: The Paradox of Friendship

Module 1
The study of the philosophy of friendship provides us with an opportunity to explore the concept of dissimulation and its vital role in friendship.
Novelist Marcel Proust believed that friendship was only bearable if we wear masks of good manners. This makes a deep and honest friendship very challenging. He believed that the greatest honesty meant acknowledging that real friendship could never really be fully given or received. Similarly, Immanuel Kant noted:
“For everyone has his weaknesses, and these must be kept hidden even from our friends… so that humanity should not be offended thereby. Even to our best friend, we must not discover ourselves as we naturally are and know ourselves to be, for that would be a nasty business” (p. 85).
Yet, some philosophers believe that when we do experience those powerful moments of truth and honesty between close friends, and completely let our guards down, it is a moment of great clarity and insight. In those honest moments, a friend becomes another self. One may feel as close to a friend as one does to oneself. Most philosophers recognize this phenomenon, including the French writer Michel de Montaigne, who described this friendship as becoming ”one soul in two bodies.”
Aristotle took it further to mean that only in friendship can we truly discover ourselves. Similarly, philosopher Giorgio Agamben shares, “The friend is not another I, but an otherness immanent in self-ness, a becoming other of the self.” Vernon adds: “It’s implying that a close friend is another part of you and that you can only fully become who you are in who they are too” (p. 87).
In this week’s reading material, the following philosophers discuss their views on this topic: Aristotle, Kant, Montaigne, Nietzsche, and Schopenhauer. Make sure to incorporate their views as you answer each discussion question. Think about how their views may be similar or different from your own. In a post of 250-350 words, please answer the following:

  • With two seemingly dichotomous understandings of the nature of friendship, how exactly can both conceptions be true?
  • Is a certain amount of feigning actually necessary in order to achieve a meaningful connection in a friendship?
  • What are the ethical implications of such behavior in friendship?

Unit 1 DB: Morality

Unit 1 DB: Morality

What would you do if you had a ring-like Gyges had? On what would you base your morality if given the opportunity to act under a cloak of invisibility?
Read and respond to two classmates’ posts. Let them know if you would trust them with such a ring, and why or why not.

Epicurus on Happiness profile

In a 750-1000 word essay, please respond to the following:
Analyze and explain Epicurus’ famous proclamation: “Thanks be to blessed Nature because she has made what is necessary easy to supply, and what is not easy unnecessary…The right understanding of these facts enables us to refer all choice and avoidance to the health of the body and the soul’s freedom from disturbance, since this is the aim of the life of blessedness.” Do you agree or disagree with this assessment of the good life, and why?
In support of your argument, please refer to specific passages from the video (Alain de Botton’s “Epicurus on Happiness—Philosophy: A Guide to Happiness,” available on YouTube via the link below) as well as to the Epicurus reading assignment, and your own life experiences and observations. DO NOT USE SECONDARY SOURCES OTHER THAN THE VIDEO.