Incomplete Study guide, to be completed by you!
Make sure you know all the issues, arguments, objections and responses discussed in these readings below and class discussion regarding these papers and issues; they are posted in order from more recent to less recent:
John Simmons, "Reasonable Humans and Animals" (online)
Peter Singer's "All Animals Are Equal" OR Alastair Norcross's " Torturing Puppies and Eating Meat: It's all in Good Taste!"
Michael Huemer “America’s Unjust Drug War”: he argues in favor of drug legalization. What were his arguments?
Michelle Alexander: what are some of the most important claims she argues for?
What is the moral theory utilitarianism? What are some arguments against it?
What is the trolley problem?
Peter Singer, "The Singer Solution to World Poverty". What is his argument? What is his conclusion? What are his premises, or what reason(s) does he give in favor of those conclusions?
BE ABLE TO EXPLAIN, IN DETAIL WHAT AT LEAST ONE OF THESE ORGANIZATIONS DOES:
Giving What We Can
Against Malaria Foundation (AMF)
Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI)
The Life You Can Save
Effective Animal Activism
Here is a Handout on all the major concepts from this class:
Be sure you are able to explain all these concepts and the methods of addressing moral issues that we have used over the semester.
What is the moral theory known as Ethical Egoism? What are some arguments against it, i.e., that it is false?
About writing and communicating philosophy / moral ideas:
- how have you been encouraged to organize and structure papers/presentations?
- you have been encouraged to put outlines / section headings in papers. Why?
- What is James Pryor's guidance on how to write philosophy?
WHAT ARE BASIC, MAIN METHODS OR TECHNIQUES THAT WE HAVE USED IN THIS CLASS? What has been the main process or approach?