Project #62576 - Questions For Ethics

Be sure to answer each question in 2-3 paragraphs. Be sure that, in each question you show both that you understand the authors position, how objections might be raised against that postition.

Rather than just general statments, specific examples that illustrate the ideas you are discussing show a more solid understanding of the material.

If the question has  sub-questions contained within it, be sure to repond directly to each sub question.

 

1) What is a virtue? Through the use of a specific example, explain how virtue theorist think the concept of the Golden Mean helps us determine what is moral. Do you think virtue theory is a helpful way to determine moral behavior.

2) What does Voltaires story of the brahmin tell us about his understanding of the relationship between knowledge, happiness, and the ultimate good? Would you rather be the old woman or the Brahmin? Give an argument.

3) What do the three mating strategies of the side-blotched lizards tell us about evolutionary game theory? How does this relate to contractian ethics? What might humans learn from the lizards? Do you think the lessons of the lizard would make us more or less morally? Give arguments.

4) What is the veil of ignorance? What soceital rules (be specific) does john rawls think we would establish behind the veil of ignorance? Is Rawls correct that this would make for a more just society? Give arguments.

5) Bernard Williams objects to consequentialism on the grounds that it violates our ability to live a life of integrity. Explain his position (using specific examples). Do you think he is correct? Give an argument.

6) Explain the Kantian concept of universalizability. Explain (giving specific examples) the way kant thinks moral laws can be derived from this concept. Do you think he is correct? Give an argument.

7) Explain the Kantian concept of treating others as ends in themselves rather than mere means, Explain (giving specific examples) the way Kant thinks moral laws can be derived from this concept. Do you think he is correct? Give an argument.

8) Explain Jonathan Bennett's account of the conflict Huck Finn felt between his beliefs regarding his moral duty and his feelin of sympathy. How does this function as a critique of Kant's moral theory? Do you think Bennett's account is correct? Give an argument.

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