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02.18.moral+theory+1.actual - E ATING RIGHT: THE ETHICS OF...

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EATING RIGHT: THE ETHICS OF FOOD CHOICES AND FOOD POLICY February 18, 2011 Moral Theory 1
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Plan for Today: Admin stuff Intro to moral theory Consequentialism & Non-consequentialism
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Admin Stuff: Posters Presentations start March 2. Your poster doesn’t have to be this enormous or have quite such high production values. Remember the idea is to research the empirical facts about something (some pair of things) that might be relevant to making a decision about the ethics of some food choice(s).
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Admin Stuff: Short Assignments New short assignment (presenting an objection to an argument) due next Friday, 2/25. Point out: Idea behind these is writing the bits of a paper before you have to string them together.
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Micro-Quiz Reading for today was not straightforward. So the Frst quiz question’s a giveaway. All answers are correct.
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Which of the following best captures your reaction to the Kagan reading: A) It didn’t make any sense to me at all. B) I could Fgure out what he was talking about some of the time, but most of it was pretty incomprehensible. C) I could mostly Fgure out what he was saying, but he lost me sometimes. D) Crystal clear.
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Moral Theory One point of entry: We Fnd ourselves making a bunch of moral judgments about cases.
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Moral Theory Natural question - what’s behind these moral judgments? What are the general moral rules that explain why the right actions are right, wrong ones wrong?
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Another point of entry: Attempt to systematize, clean up our moral intuitions, judgments. Asked “what’s right?”, we could give a big list. But it’s better if we can provide some general principles that systematize, code up a lot of information in pretty compact form.
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Another point of entry: We Fnd tensions and inconsistencies in our moral judgments, intuitions. Project of cleaning them up, resolving the con±icts.
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Another point of entry: There are lots of easy moral cases. (The Reiser rule handles most cases we’ll actually encounter.) Stage in my life when I was assembling a list of rules to live by, got one from (surprising source of wisdom!) a paul reiser routine.
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Another point of entry: There are lots of easy moral cases. (The Reiser rule handles most cases we’ll actually encounter.) Great relationship advice. Great advice in general. And in fact, it’s *enough* advice in the vast majority of cases - most of the time, you don’t really need anything fancier or more detailed.
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Another point of entry: But there are some hard ones, too, that it’s hard to Fgure out what to say about.
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Another point of entry: Maybe we can make progress by systematizing the easy cases, reading off conclusions about hard ones.
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Project of trying to say something systematic about general moral principles. Answer the question,
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This note was uploaded on 09/15/2011 for the course PHILOSOPHY 252 taught by Professor Egan during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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