Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Professor Nobis will be in his office Thursday from 11:30 to 1. 
He will be at class regular time, for review and discussion, Friday as well.  

He will email you your work back to you if you don't stop by. :)

NOTE: for most students, I do not know whether they did the blog assignment. This is because names are not on the blogs and/or print outs of the blogs and so I do not know who did what. If you did the assignment, I encourage you to make sure that I got it!

Remaining work:

1. A final quiz, covering a bit more on abortion (including the Warren article), 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). Study groups are encouraged.

12 noon class - exam is Wed., December 5 from 1-3 PM
1 PM class - exam is Monday, December 3, from 8 AM - 10 AM.

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? ABORTION: Abortion argument worksheet.See also my Powerpoint on abortion.

- 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.
- John Simmons, "Reasonable Humans and Animals": 
due Monday after thanksgiving in class and via Turnitin)
-- some objections are here:
3. Paper: Pick the issue of world poverty or the treatment of animals. Write an essay where you 

  • 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.
Your paper should have an introduction, a thesis about what YOU are obligated or not obligated to do, be well organized, and have a conclusion.

Due date: or any graduating seniors, this paper is due, in hardcopy (submitted in the philosophy and religion office) and via Turnitin, by Wednesday, December 5 at noon. 

For everyone else, this paper is due, in hardcopy
(submitted in the philosophy and religion office) and via Turnitin, by Monday, at noon, December 10. Please feel free to send Dr. Nobis a draft for comments, and to submit early. 

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