THE PERSON I HAVE CHOSE IS — Martha Nussbaum
A Quadrant Format for Research on Philosophers
The quadrant format provides a framework to develop, organize and write a research paper. The four quadrants are: biography, context, analysis, and reflection regarding a philosopher, male or female, and past or present.
BIOGRAPHICAL: The biographical study emphasizes the activist/philosophers life and greatly enriches the understanding of his/her work. It is a chronology of the philosophers development
Birth and death dates
Education, formal or informal
What events, incidents or challenges had a positive or negative effect upon this individual?
CONTEXTUAL: The contextual study emphasizes the individuals social context; the time and place of the person. It is an approach that examines how the persons life and work reflects feminist issues regarding culture, ethnicity, religion and society.
What prevailing ideas and beliefs were either rejected and/or embodied in the individuals body of work?
What kind of gender, religious, socioeconomic, political, and nationalistic and forces shaped this individuals character?
What significant historical events, if any, had an effect upon her work?
If her work was challenged or opposed: By whom? Why and when?
ANALYSIS: The quadrant explores philosophy as a tool of inquiry that involves analysis, interpretation, synthesis and narrative. Research is a thinking, reflective, stylistic, and textual process.
What did you find represents the individuals central idea or issue?
Are such views liberal, moderate, or radical? Did the individual speak to a particular era, society, socio-economic group etc?
Was it difficult for the individuals social circles or society to accept? Why or why not?
CONCLUSION: Youre conclusion.
What meaning does the individuals ideas/work have for you?
Does this particular thinker connect to your life?
Does it make you more aware of yourself and your world?
Do you believe that your individual deserves to be better known?
Minimum of four full pages; 1 inch margins, double-spaced and 12 pt font in New Times Roman
Minimum: four credible research sources from library
MLA in-text citations and works cited appropriately for print and web sources
Spell checked and use of correct grammar
Appropriate library databases: Biography In Context, and Credo Reference
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