Contemporary Ethical Issues

Euthanasia

1.Using concepts and theories introduced in this chapter, defend your own ideas about the ethics of euthanasia. Present the utilitarian and deontological arguments about suicide and killing.

Illustrate. Use examples from your own experience, public cases, film, or lit.

 

  1. Present and discuss J. Gay-Williams anti-euthanasia position or James Rachels’ critique of the distinction between active and passive euthanasia.

 

Abortion

3.Using concepts and theories introduced in this chapter, defend your own position about the ethics of abortion. Present the main disputes about the morality of abortion. Evaluate utilitarian and deontological moral arguments about abortion.

Illustrate. Use examples from your own experience, public cases, film, or lit.

 

  1. Present and discuss Judith Jarvis Thomson’s defense of abortion vs. Don Marquis anti-abortion position. What is your own position? Justify.

 

Sexual Morality

  1. Using concepts and theories presented in this chapter, defend your own ideas about sexual ethics. Present the main disputes about topics in sexual ethics.

Evaluate utilitarian and deontological moral arguments about sexual ethics.

Illustrate. Use examples from your own experience, public cases, film, or lit.

 

  1. Present and discuss John Finnis’ position vs. John Corvino’s argument.

 

Equality and Discrimination

  1. Define discrimination, its different forms, and present the principle of equality vs. justice. Revise current issues (profiling, hate crimes). Explain affirmative action/preferential treatment and apply utilitarian and deontological ethics to evaluate the pros-and cons. State your position. Justify. Illustrate.

 

  1. Present and discuss Anita L. Allen’s ethical dilemma and K.A. Appiah’s Racisms

 

Economic Justice

  1. Using concepts and arguments presented in this chapter, defend your own theory about economic justice. Present your view of an ideal society. Present the nature of and difference between negative and positive rights. Which according to you, should have priority? Explain.

Illustrate. Use examples from your own experience, public cases, film, or lit.

 

  1. Present and discuss John Rawls’s Justice as Fairness vs. Robert Nozick’s Distributive Justice
  2. Present three morally commendable and morally questionable features of socialism; 2. of Ayn Rand’s/Robert Nozick’s libertarianism and laissez-faire capitalism.

 

  1. Present and comment on Amartya Sen’s and Martha Nussbaum’s capabilities theory.

 

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