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Philosophy In the News

Locate a source on the Internet that you are interested in and apply the critical thinking model to analyze it.

As you search for sources, focus on current events that lend themselves to analysis, debate, or critical thinking. Almost any current event can have some element, which can be taken as being open to a philosophic analysis.
Use your point of view and the authorâ??s point of view and describe how the evidence in the article clearly supports or argues against your point of view. You may use the template to help you organize your thoughts and ideas.

Steps to take in Critical Thinking
1. Identify and express your understanding of the problem.
2. Gather the information and data.
3. Evaluate the evidence you have collected.
4. Consider the options and implications.
5. Choose the best option and implement it.

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Dear student,
Hi and thank you for using Brainmass.The solution below should get you started. I have used a political opinion article because opinions are all about viewpoints. Therefore here, one can express a personal take instead on a matter of contest against that which is being argued for in the article. If you have any questions regarding the solution, just let me know, I'd be happy to help. The opinion and points of contention are listed below so you can also list them in the 'mini-matrix' table which is also attached. The word version of this solution is attached for easy printing. Good luck!

OTA 105878/Xenia Jones

Article Review: "How the U.S. Should Support Middle East Reform"
URL: http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,2048150,00.html#ixzz1Ehmyn3aL
Author: Joe Klein
Magazine & Publisher: Time Magazine, Time Warner BV
Date: February 10, 1011

Points of the Article

Joe Klein an Obama adviser had always been critical about the lines taken by the US in relation to the Middle East, particularly support provided for Israel, relations with dictatorships and strongmen like Mubarak and Libya's Qaddafi. Klein explains that 'officially', the US is straddling, in the case of the recent revolution in Egypt, 2 sides. It has been in American experience that support of strong men allows for certain 'policies' in the Middle East. Since the time of Reagan, Americans have supported regimes because they are able to quell dissent that otherwise threatened to plunge the region into chaos due to the threat of then, communism and Iran and now radical Islamic views. But these strongmen are also seen by their own people as abusers, free to take advantage of their positions in expense of their own people. The seed was sown in Tunisia where people responded to the high unemployment, corruption and lack of economic opportunities while they saw their leader, Ben Ali, as one who has amassed control of the country's economic prowess. Ben Ali was ousted ...

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The solution is a 1,185-word narrative that provides a depiction of 'Philosophy in the News' by presenting a particular article from a popular News publication and applying critical analysis to interrogate and evaluate the problems and opinions presented, the evidence included and the implications of said problems and opinions. Options are also presented while personal takes on the issue is also included. The full publication entry of the article is listed. References are also provided for further research into the topic (both critical research and the topic of the article). A word version of the solution is also attached for easy printing and download.

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