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13mid2002 - PHILOSOPHY 13-ADVANCE INFORMATION ON MIDTERM...

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PHILOSOPHY 13-ADVANCE INFORMATION ON MIDTERM EXAM FALL, 2002 The midterm exam will consist of questions drawn from the following list. On the actual exam, three of these questions will be posed, and you will be asked to answer exactly two of them. At the exam no use of books or notes will be permitted. 1. Suppose someone claims that the good life for humans consists of sex, drugs, and rock and roll and someone else replies that the good life for humans consists of philosophical contemplation of the true nature of the universe. Consider the status of these claims according to (a) Mill's arguments in paragraphs 3-10 of chapter 2 of Utilitarianism , (b) the desire-satisfaction view, and (c) the views embraced respectively by Richard Kraut and Robert Adams. How would these theories of human good assess these claims? Do any of these proposals concerning the nature of intrinsic good yield good reason to accept or embrace these claims? Why or why not? 2. In his essay "Extreme and Restricted Utilitarianism," J. J. C. Smart observes,
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