Thursday, October 12, 2006

UPDATE (posted Tuesday Oct. 17):

For Wednesday:

EMP chapter 5 on the ethical theory called "ethical egoism".
  • What is it?
  • What can be said in its favor?
  • What arguments are there against it, i.e., reasons to think it's not true?
  • What should you think about ethical egoism?
RTD Essays/writings on famine/disaster/absolute poverty aid. We will discuss these issues for quite a while:
Chs. 14. 9/11 and Starvation Mylan Engel, Jr. 135
15. The Singer Solution to World Poverty Peter Singer 138
16. Utilitarianism and Integrity Bernard Williams 145



Students wishing to earn extra credit can write a book report on John Robbins’ The Food Revolution. The book report should provide a purely descriptive content summary of Robbins’ book: your report should be purely descriptive in nature, devoid of any evaluative or editorial remarks. Simply report the content of the assigned book as fairly, precisely, and accurately as possible. Students who elect to do the book report can have up to 16 points (8%) added to their final average for the course. The exact number of points added will depend on the quality and comprehensiveness of the report. There is a section of Food Revolution that you may skip, chapters 16-19. That leaves 16 chapters (including chapter 20, the Conclusion) and the Forward. The book report is due at the time of the final, third exam.

Robbins' Food Revolution is a updated version of his earlier book Diet for a New America. Diet for a New America is older, but you could write a book report on that book instead of Food Revolution if you would prefer. The books are similar in many ways, but the Food Revolution has newer and more current information and examples in it. For Diet for a New America, you should do a report on the entire book: no chapter should be skipped.

Both these books are available in many public libraries, at local bookstores, and are available for sale online, often used and very inexpensive. Here is Amazon's page on The Food Revolution; see the links to find it cheapest there:

Here's the page from, which sells used books:

And here is the Amazon page for Diet for a New America, the updated version from 1998:

Here's the page from, which sells used books:

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