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Theories of Justice
Your essays are to be in the form of a book review of The Killing of Bonne Garland (by William Gayllin) and The Unspeakable Crime of Andrea Yates (by o’malley). Each review should be at least 5 pages each. You should submit them as two separate papers, each with a title page. You must hand in two papers. Failure to write two papers will seriously compromise your overall grade. You can, of course, make references in one essay to the other story.
You are to do two things:
1. Write a thorough book review of both books (Garland and Yates). In other words, provide the reader (me) with a general overview of the story but your review must have important details. Also, in the course of your review, you must answer the questions listed below. But first:
Plagiarism is strictly forbidden. Consult the plagiarism document on BB.
This means I will fail you for the entire course if I find an incidence of plagiarism. It is better to over quote than to under quote or to use someone else’s words as your own. You are to cite every idea that is not your own. Citations are not limited to quotes. They include paraphrases as well. (Example: You are writing an essay on the Declaration of Independence, and you write: all men are created equal. This should be in quotes and gets a citation (DI), as it comes from the Declaration of Independence. But: America is a country dedicated to equality is not a quote, but gets a citation (DI) because that idea comes from the Declaration of Independence. The same holds for the two books under review).
This is how you will cite any book used: The citation must be in the text (Author’s last name, page, e.g., Gaylin, 15). If you use an outside source (book, article) add a bibliography. If not, don’t. If you use the same author for two different books, do this (Gaylin a, 15; Gaylin b, 25). You can use the Internet, but the URL should be cited in the bibliography, along with the title of the page you used. If using the Internet, most likely, there won’t be a page available. If there is, use it. Make sure the bibliography is clear when citing an Internet page within the text. Do not simply cite: (Wikipedia). The internal citation could read: (murder rates, and name the website).
I will not accept email submissions. All submissions must be in my office (350 Dickson Hall) on Dec. 20, no later than 5 pm. If your paper is late, i.e., submitted at any time after 5 pm, your grade will drop 1 whole grade for every day your paper is late until it reaches F, in which case, I will not accept your paper.
Use Times New Roman, 12 point typeface, 1” margins, double spaced. Again: do not quote excessively, do not plagiarize. Put your name, class, and if you have a title on a separate page. The bibliography or works cited goes in the back, on a separate page. If you need to use notes, use endnotes (not footnotes). Endnotes go at the back of the paper, on a separate page.
Here are your essays questions.
Do not forget to provide a thorough review of both books and answer the questions. Be sure your answers are specific, clearly written, and focused on answering the questions. You are free to make references to both books in each review. But do not lose sight of your specific goal of one book one review for each book.
“If all crime is sickness,” Gaylin writes, “all criminals are nonculpable, and we live in an essentially amoral state.” The members of the Catholic Church did not see Richard as sick or amoral. Describe the conflict, as Gaylin sees it, of the Catholic Church’s understanding of punishment, the psychiatric profession’s understanding of responsibility, and Gaylin’s view of justice for Bonnie. Which side has the better argument? Why? In the course of your review, be sure to address all sides and all these questions in detail.
In The Unspeakable Crime of Andrea Yates, Dr. Phillip Resnick speaks of “rationality within irrationality.” What does this phrase mean for understanding the problem of justice and responsibility in the 20th century? In what way was Andrea Yates operating in accordance with Resnick’s understanding of rationality/irrationality? What is the best way to understand rationality and irrationality, and what are the implications for justice and punishment? In the course of your review, be sure to address all these questions in detail. Be specific.
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