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PHL 458 Week 5 Team Assignment Persuasive Communication Presentation (2 PPT) Updated

PHL 458 Week 5 Team Assignment Persuasive Communication Presentation (2 PPT) Updated


Use the issue addressed in your previous Learning Team Activity and Assignment.

Select the most appropriate format to persuade your intended audience of the resolution to your issue. Possible formats include a political campaign, a city council proposal, an editorial article, a commercial, a radio-style podcast, a comprehensive political pamphlet, an interactive game, a website, and so forth.

Explain why you chose your format for your intended audience.

Create a presentation of your message as you would present it to your intended audience. Include the following in your presentation:

Consider possible reasons your audience might reject your ideas. Address anticipated audience objections to your proposal.

Devise strategies for persuading your audience to accept your proposal and incorporate that persuasion in your presentation of the message.

Strategically organize your material to deliver your message with the ultimate effect.

Post your Persuasive Communication Presentation in the Main forum to allow your classmates to review it.

Review the Persuasive Communication Presentation posted by your classmates.

Discuss how you and your classmates respond to different messages and how you think the intended audiences might receive each of the Learning Teams’ messages. 

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PHL 458 Week 5 Final IQ Updated

PHL 458 Week 5 Final IQ Updated

Most of us do not think about our legacy in our twenties or thirties or forties. Somewhere in our fifties, or at midlife, we begin to wonder what our legacy will be to our kids, our family, our community and workers, and our world. Legacy can be defined as “”.


Our use of what we have learned in this course, critical and creative thinking skills and methods, does have something to do with our legacy. 

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PHL 458 Week 4 Team Assignment Nomination of Creative Hero Updated

PHL 458 Week 4 Team Assignment Nomination of Creative Hero Updated

Brainstorm your own list of individuals known as highly creative thinkers (not mentioned in the University of Phoenix Material: Creative Genius List for this week’s individual assignment).

Select, as a team, one creative thinker who changed the way people saw and/or experienced the world.

Summarize, in 350 to 500 words, thisindividual’s contributions and make a solid argument for why he or she should be included in any list of important creative thinkers.

Include a brief comparison to the thinkers your team members selected for their individual assignments this week: Do they share similar creative processes and/or environments?

Format your assignment consistent with APA guidelines.

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PHL 458 Week 4 Individual Assignment Famous Thinkers Paper Updated

PHL 458 Week 4 Individual Assignment Famous Thinkers Paper NEW

Select and read the articles about two famous thinkers in the Week Four Electronic Reserve Readings. Find additional articles in the University Library or on the Internet.

Write a 1,050- to 1,400-word paper. Include the following:

Information about the thinkers’ contributions to society

Each thinkers’ personal/ social/ political environments and how you think these factors contributed to their creativity

The problems or issues that their ideas sought to solve

A description of the solutions, and how their ideas were implemented

The creative process of each thinker and a comparison of the two creative processes

A critique of their ideas and what could they have done differently

Include at least four references.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines, with Title Page, Introduction (and Thesis), the body of your Paper (each section or paragraph corresponding to the sub-points in your Thesis Statement), a Conclusion (restates the Thesis), and Reference Page. A Thesis Statement for this assignment might look like this: “This paper will explore two famous thinkers, exploring what shaped each, the problems they faced, solutions they came up with, and the creative process each used to make their contributions to society.” Note the purpose of the assignment [famous thinkers] and the sub-points to be explored [environment, problem, solution, & creative process]. Put the Thesis Statement in your own words.

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PHL 458 Week 4 DQ 3 Updated

PHL 458 Week 4 DQ 3 Updated

3.1 The history of philosophy is full of minor and major philosophers who have used deductive logic to address the tough perennial questions of life related to metaphysics (what is real), epistemology (what is true), and ethics (what is the good life). Some of the issues they have responded to have been quite esoteric, such as where or how the human brain “connects” with the mind and thinking process (Plato & Descartes). Many of the early philosophers tried to explain how life changes, but also maintains some continuity (Pythagoras & Socrates). Others wrestled with the question of how to create and administer a just society (Kant & Rawls). Some have explored the interesting nature of being, and how to be true to that essential nature (Spinoza & Heidegger). Many have debated and explored the nature of language and how it impacts society and power (Wittgenstein & Foucault). And others have made as their major project the creation of a new man who transforms society, hopefully for the better (Hegel & Marx).


Their major contributions certainly reflect creative and critical thinking of the highest order. This discussion question will invite us to select a philosopher we would like to explore, and share what we learn with our class members. Make sure you select one who has not yet been addressed in this thread, so we are not all doing Plato or Aristotle. There are several excellent sources of info on philosophy and philosophers on the Internet (Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy and the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy). After you have selected ONE, respond in 200-250 words to the following questions (note you will have to be selective):


3.1 Introduce the class to your philosopher by giving a brief BIO and identifying what question, issue or problem he or she was most concerned with…


3.2 In your research, what assumptions or difficulties did your philosopher seem to encounter in his or her work?


3.3 Select one of his or her major solutions and discuss the creative and critical process you discover in the research you do.


3.4 How do you think your selected philosopher’s project or proposed solution has impacted society and culture?




Fieser, James & Dowden, Bradley (2011). Internet encyclopedia of philosophy. Retrieved from   Website:


Zalta, Edward (2011). Stanford encyclopedia of philosophy. Retrieved from

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PHL 458 Week 4 DQ 2 Updated

PHL 458 Week 4 DQ 2 Updated

Survey the list of Problem-solving Strategies posted in the class Materials forum. You may want to refer to a website which explores many of these methods or techniques used in business or problem-solving to address complex issues or problems ( Select just one of these Strategies and in a Response of 200 to 250 words, respond to the following:

2.1  What is the nature of the strategy you selected (define and describe it)?

2.2  Give one good example of the application of this strategy to a problem or issue you have selected for this exercise…

2.3  Comment on when and in what kinds of situations, this strategy might be employed…

2.4  Analyze this strategy in terms of its “creative or critical power”…


Manktelow, J. & Thompson, R. (1996-2011). Mind tools: essential skills for an excellent career. Retrieved from

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PHL 458 Week 4 DQ 1 Updated

PHL 458 Week 4 DQ 1 Updated

Select one of the famous thinkers from our class supplemental reading, and read the articles listed for your person. Then in a Response of 200 to 250 words, respond to the following questions (you may select the same person you researched in Week 2):


How did your person refine his or her solution?


How did he or she recognize and overcome difficulties and opposition to this solution?


Respond to one of the following: How did the discovery or revolution your person brought into being relate to the creative process; how was his or her contribution communicated to society? Or what strategies of persuasion were used?

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PHL 458 Week 3 Team Assignment Solutions Presentation (New)

PHL 458 Week 3 Team Assignment Solutions Presentation (New)

Search for problematic societal issues of public interest and pick one issue you would like to resolve.

Express the issue you found in your search. Refine your expression and include both the original and the refined version. Justify your revision.

Investigate the issue by obtaining necessary information. List the questions you must answer to understand the issue.

Conclude your investigation with a thorough explanation of the issue, including answers to each of the questions you identified.

Produce ideas toward resolving this issue. Take note of all of your initial ideas–whether you think they are ridiculous or serious is not important.

Discuss the two ideas that you think are the most imaginative, original, and positive potential solutions to the issue.

Summarize your process and initial solutions.

Refine your team’s solutions by following Ch. 12 (overcoming errors in reasoning) and Ch. 13 (refining resolutions) of the text and decide on the better of the two.

Present your refined final resolution including an implementation plan.

Create a 10- to 15-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® or presentation.

  • Use detailed speaker notes to describe your team’s experience at each stage.

Include one or two slides on each of the following:

  • Original issue
  • Initial resolutions
  • Critical examination of best resolution
  • Evaluation of the argument
  • Revised argument
  • Refined resolution with implementation plan
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PHL 458 Week 3 Individual Assignment Evaluating Truth and Validity Exercise Updated

PHL 458 Week 3 Individual Assignment Evaluating Truth and Validity Exercise Updated

Select three of the scenarios in the Applications list 12.2 (a.-y.) at the end of Ch. 12 in The Art of Thinking.

Apply the following in 350 to 500 words for each scenario:

  • Evaluate each argument, using the 4-step process described on p. 218, regarding soundness of reasoning (truth and validity).
  • Explain your assessment and add alternative argumentation where necessary.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

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PHL 458 Week 3 DQ 3 Updated

PHL 458 Week 3 DQ 3 Updated

Chapter 12 in our text helps us critically think through arguments and issues we may face in our lives. Errors may affect the truth of the issue, they may affect the validity of a premise or conclusion, or a hidden premise that may side-track a solution. Dealing with simple or complex arguments takes practice.


Select ONE of the Applications on pp. 222-224, and practice your creative and critical skills by responding to the following questions, for that Application:


Share the Application you selected. If you think it is a complex argument, identify the parts, and state whether you think there is a hidden premise implied.


Evaluate the argument and decide whether you think it is sound or not. Explain…


Select ONE of the errors discussed in this chapter that you observe most in persuasive situations. How do you react to it when you confront it?




Ruggiero, V. R. (2009). The art of thinking: a guide to critical and creative thought (9th ed.). New York, NY: Longman Pearson, Publishers.

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