Read Mary Anne Warren, "On the Moral and Legal Status of Abortion."
Read Don Marquis, "Why Abortion is Immoral,"
Read Judith Thompson, "A Defense of Abortion,"
Paper Assignment: due Friday, March 23:
First, read this article on how to write a philosophy paper by Jim Pryor: http://www.jimpryor.net/teaching/guidelines/writing.html
Second, write a philosophy paper that does this:
- is on the the topic of the ethics of homosexuality (but NOT marriage);
- argues for a thesis on whether homosexuality is wrong or morally permissible (NOT whether it is 'right');
- presents at least 5 arguments in logically valid form;
- explains whether these arguments are sound or not and why;
- conforms to all the guidance from Pryor's article on writing philosophy (above);
- has an introductory paragraph, a thesis, and each paragraph or section focuses on one issue at a time;
- is generally well-organized, clear and grammatical.
Here is some additional guidance:
- As Pryor makes clear, raising and responding to objections and questions to your position and arguments is essential for a good philosophy paper. So, of course, you must raise and respond to objections to your arguments. You especially do not want to ignore any critical discussion we had in class about some argument: i.e., if you endorse an argument that was discussed in class and - to many people - found to be unsound, you must engage that discussion and explain why that argument is indeed sound, despite the objections raised against it.
- Here are two guidelines for possible strategies:
- 1. Present an argument (in logically valid form) that homosexuality is morally permissible; discuss objections to that argument, i.e., arguments for the conclusion that homosexuality is wrong, all again in logically valid form. Or,
- 2. Present an argument (in logically valid form) that homosexuality is morally wrong; discuss objections to that argument, i.e., arguments for the conclusion that homosexuality is actually morally permissible, all again in logically valid form: these arguments might be objections to your argument that homosexuality is wrong.