March 11 reading and paper assignment for March 13
Read pages 304 to 347 in Weston. Use the helps he gives at the end of the chapters to review the material and make sure you have it clearly in mind for the quiz.
Also, the discussion of an ethically important situation is due on Thursday. Here are the guidelines:
Length: 900-1200 words. Submit by email, pasting your account into the body of your email. Don't send attachments.
1. Begin with an straight factual account of the situation, "Under-age kids drink too much on weekends," "Established groups are sometimes cruel to newcomers," "Beef farmers are needlessly cruel to animals" or "different career choices can make very different contributions to the world, and it is hard to figure out which one is most responsible or best." . Try to get the situation in one sentence, and then go on to explain the facts of the matter: who is involved, how are they involved. Include everything you know that might help understand what is going on and who might be responsible for it or capable of making bad parts of the situation better. Make it clear what interests are in play and also what basic needs or legitimate expectations may be slighted or ignored, within the situation you are describing.
2. Read over the list of morally important questions, and choose some -- maybe just one, maybe several -- that seem to you to apply to the situation you are describing, and discuss how that question applies, how it might be answered. If you can think of more than one reasonable or plausible way of answering the question, say so, and think about the arguments for each answer and also think about how you ultimately, all things considered, would want to answer the question.
This assignment will be preliminary to some further work with the situation you have chosen.
If you would like to meet, I should have some time Monday morning and Wednesday. Please send an email so that we can work out a time.