Catholic intellectual tradition (CIT)
, you will summarize and then respond to a text from the Catholic intellectual tradition (from our readings textbook, Unit 2, p. 87-122, four selections) that addresses a concept or idea related to reading, writing, and / or rhetoric.
According UD’s statement,
“Catholic thought certainly expresses itself in theological and philosophical conclusions but also in other arenas of human creativity such as music, worship, literature, government, education, science, and history.”
A response can take multiple forms:
This response will take the form of a 4-5 page essay in which you demonstrate a close reading of the original text, an in-depth engagement with the concepts it presents, and a critical examination of its claims.
As with the literacy narrative paper, this paper requires a strong thesis statement—a statement of what the original text claims, and of your position on those claims (whether agreeing, disagreeing, or modifying).
Because this is an academic paper and does not involve personal narrative, do not use the first person pronoun “I.”
No external sources are required; you are responding to only a single text (although if your claims involve the citation of additional sources, you may do so.)