Friday, January 17, 2014

Friday Event, Beginning Assignments

Today's King Celebration events at Morehouse.

Current assignments:
  • Sign up for the Google Group and get a account (details on the syllabus): all work must be submitted through Turnitin. This semester we are going to try doing everything electronically and so not having work in hardcopy. This is a change from the syllabus. 
  • Get the books. 
  • Start reading the Rulebook for Arguments, the first sections and the chapter on deductive arguments. Start the Rachels readings. 
First reading and writing assignments:

No class Monday (1/20). For next Wednesday and Friday we will discuss logic (1/22 & 1/24):
o   Rachels, The Right Thing to Do (RTD: Ch. 2, “Some Basic Points About Arguments,” available here for students who don’t yet have the books:
Also read, Weston, Preface, Introduction, chapter on Deductive Arguments

Handouts on Overview of Logic & Arguments
· Overview of Basic Moral Evaluations: Morally Permissible, Obligatory, Impermissible/Wrong
o   Available in Making Moral Progress here, in the section “Right and Wrong? Wrong”:

For the next Monday (1/27):
o   Rachels, The Right Thing to Do: Ch.1 “A Short Introduction to Moral Philosophy,” available here for students don’t yet have the books: 

DUE (1/27): WITHOUT READING ANYTHING ABOUT THESE TOPICS – E.G., DO NOT SEARCH THE INTERNET – please write a short (2-3 page) essay that addresses one of these questions:
·         Is the death penalty wrong?
·         Is affirmative action wrong?
·         Is it wrong to use illegal drugs, such as marijuana?
·         Suppose a married woman did not any more children but became pregnant. She could raise another child but does not want to. Would it be wrong for her to have an abortion? Assume the father would support her decision, whatever it is.
·         Are racism and/or sexism wrong? Why?
·         Or another moral issue, with approval of the instructor, but not homosexuality or the treatment of animals.

Please discuss at least three arguments relevant to the issue.

Please write this essay on the basis of what you already know: again, please do not do any research for this paper (if you do, Turnitin might reveal that and you will be penalized!). This is an assignment to measure where you are at now. If you take it seriously and put in a good effort, your grade will reflect that. J

For FRiday (1/31) Ch. 1, "What is Morality?" (Elements of Moral Philosophy, EMP):
Writing assignment 1: very detailed summary OR OUTLINE of this chapter, covering every section. 

After this, we will briefly review the later chapters on utilitarian and Kantian moral theory in greater detail, discuss John Rawls’s moral theory, an African ethical theory [ some writings from[and then return to earlier chapters of the Elements of Moral Philosophy and related readings in The Right Thing to Do.

Order of Readings, subject to change with student input.

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