Would you use a teletransporter? Does it matter how the teletransporter works? Make a case that in the circumstances you described, you would (or wouldn't) survive. If you think you would survive, how would you persuade someone who was afraid to use it, because they thought that the person who steps out would be a different person, no matter how qualitatively similar they were? If you think you wouldn't survive, what would you say to persuade someone who thinks we do survive teletransportation, in fact she "remembers" (or at least, seems to remember) using one many times in the past.
Email your papers to your TA. These papers are due by 11 PM on Wednesday Dec 6. Our policy for late papers is available on the web.
Your papers should be around 1500-2000 words (4-6 double-spaced pages).
As before, read the topics carefully and be sure to answer the specific questions asked. Write as clearly and straightforwardly as possible. Don't use any technical vocabulary without explaining it or giving an illustration of what it means. (You need to explain the technical vocabulary you're using even if it was introduced and explained in class. Philosophers often attach subtly different meanings to their technical words, so it's important that your reader knows precisely what you mean by those words.)
You may profit from going back and re-reading the Guidelines on Writing a Philosophy Paper, on the course web site. There's probably a lot of advice there which you're now in a better position to appreciate.
It should now be clear to you that, to write a good philosophy paper, you must develop a clear plan or outline for how you want your paper to go. And you must write several drafts. We encourage you to come talk to us about your ideas. We also want you to talk to each other, and to show your drafts to each other for feedback. (Note that if someone helps you substantially to refine your ideas, or gives you a new idea, you should give them credit for doing so.)
If you'd prefer to write on a topic other than the ones listed here, then you may do this: Write up the questions that you'd like to answer, in the kind of format used above. Submit them to us for approval by 11 PM on Sunday Nov 26. If your questions are of reasonable scope, philosophically engage with the materials we've discussed, and look like they'll generate a promising paper, then we'll approve them. If we don't approve them, you'll need to answer one of the topics above, instead.