The Week 7 Final Paper is the culmination of all of the ethical theories and philosophers we have studied in PHIL200 and is an extension of the Week 3 Paper Proposal Assignment. Please consider the following:
Please re-read the directions on the weeks 2 and 3 assignments.
At least half of the paper should discuss the theory and then you will apply it in arguing for or against some position on the contemporary topic.
The paper should be between 1500 – 2000 words.
Please submit as an attachment, MS Word or Word compatible document, double-spaced with one inch margins (consider using one of the attached templates based on your chosen style, APA or MLA).
Please use the citation style of your program of study. The reference page/bibliography does not need to be annotated, but you should have properly formatted in-text citations and a complete reference page.
The paper will be automatically checked via Turnitin upon submission, and students are encouraged to review their Turnitin reports (it may take up to 15 minutes to generate a report).
Goal: The goal of this assignment is to get the student started on the Week 7 Final Paper, with feedback from the Instructor.
Course Objectives: CO3. Create a framework for developing one’s own ethical and moral philosophy. [Note, this “framework” is built by your understanding one of the theories below AND learning how to use that theory to justify a personal position on some contemporary issue.]
Description:This assignment is a Proposal/Source Evaluation Worksheet for the Week 7 Final Paper.
You MUST use the attached worksheet to complete this assignment.
Final Goal: To write a philosophy paper, per the guidelines detailed in “Writing a philosophy paper” in week two. You will research and discuss one of the theories listed below. You need to pick one you understand and like or appreciate. You should strive to demonstrate adequate understanding of the theory first in the paper. At least half of the paper should be a discussion of the various components of the theory. Work to demonstrate your understanding of the theory. Then, you will apply the theory to a discussion of a contemporary topic. See the example at the bottom of this page.
Week Three Goal: To complete the Proposal/Source Evaluation Worksheet. After crafting your introduction paragraph (or two) per the instructions in “Writing a Philosophy Paper” you will list and evaluate a minimum of three resources you intend to use in completing in the final paper. Keep the following in mind as you compile the resources:
At least one resource must come from either the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy or the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Depending on the philosophy or philosopher some alternatives may be acceptable – check with your instructor).
It is good to find at least one peer-reviewed paper on either the philosophy or the topic or both. See the Philosophy Program Guide for links to many helpful resources.
One can be from a credible internet resource such as Crash Course videos. TED or other scholarly, video resource. Depending on the topic, you may use websites or other credible online resources. What will be the best resource will depend on your topic.
The final paper should be no less than 1500 words, be double-spaced, and contain properly formatted citations and references. Ideally, MLA or APA will be used, but if your degree normally uses another system, check with your instructor.
NO WIKIPEDIA or other open resources.
There is no minimum word count on the “summary” section but must be at least several well-crafted sentences to describe the contents of the source and how you plan to use it. It should NOT be just copied and pasted from the resource. [Note, this list is not meant to be carved in stone or a complete list. As you research, your final list could be longer or contain some different sources.].
Theories to choose from (You must pick one of these or some other accepted moral theory – be sure you do some research before choosing. You will be using the theory to justify your position on the contemporary issue):
Divine Command Theory
Ethical Egoism (Ayn Rand)
Immanuel Kant’s Deontological Ethics
John Rawls’ Theory of Justice
John Stuart Mill’s Utilitarianism
Natural Law Theory
Prima Facie Duties (W. D. Ross)
Rights Theory ( use https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/rights/ )
Virtue Theory (Aristotle)
If there is another theory you have read about and intrigued with, consult your instructor for permission or guidance
Contemporary topics: This is much more open-ended. When considering a contemporary topic, think about current events, some ethical issue you are passionate about, or an ethical issue you know a lot about, or perhaps even encounter in your professional or personal life. If you have questions regarding selecting an issue please ask your Instructor for guidance. Just keep in mind the goal is to use your theory to argue for or against some posi
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