1. A final quiz, covering a bit more on abortion, as well as the new issues of absolute poverty and the treatment of animals (as well as the earlier discussion in EMP of those issues: see "Is there a duty to help the starving" in the chapter on Ethical Egoism and "Third Example: Non-human animals" in the first chapter on utilitiarianism). Day and time TBA since the schedule hasn't been revealed.
2. Remaining readings and detailed summaries/reactions:
- Mary Anne Warren, "On the Moral and Legal Status of Abortion" (RTD and online; due this Monday, November 19 in class and via Turnitin). Relevant issue: what are persons?
- Peter Singer, "The Singer Solution to World Poverty," NY Times (RTD and online; due Monday after thanksgiving in class and via Turnitin): SEE THIS POWERPOINT.
- Check out THE TEN DOLLAR CLUB http://www.thetendollarclub.org/
- Check out THE LIFE YOU CAN SAVE: http://www.thelifeyoucansave.com/
due Monday after thanksgiving in class and via Turnitin)
- Read and study the "Even If You Like Meat" booklet: http://www.veganoutreach.org/advocacy/resources.html
- This video:
- present an argument from Singer and/or Simmons (in logically valid form!) for the conclusion that you are morally obligated to donate something to help people living in absolute poverty (say, by joining the $10 club) or that you are morally obligated to not eat animals and so become a vegetarian.
- Fully explain that argument, i.e., reasons why the premises should be accepted.
- Explain what either utilitarians OR Kantians should argue about this issue.
- Consider at least five objections to the argument;
- Explain whether any of these objections are strong or not.
Due date: as late as possible, TBA.