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Unformatted text preview: PHIL02 Introduction to Philosophy: Morals and Politics First Paper Assignment Provide a clear and concise response to one of the following questions in a 2-4 page paper (500-1000 words): 1. In Happiness and Morality, Steven Cahn describes the case of Kate, a candidate for a teaching job who presented with an offer that require(s) her to act unethically. Cahn contends that Kate acted immorally but lived happily ever after. In the same article, however, Jeffrie Murphy argues that such an action is incompatible with true happiness. Explain how Cahn and Murphy defend their respective views. Your discussion should address the following considerations: -Why does Cahn think that a person like Kate is happy? -Why does Murphie think that a person like Kate cannot be happy? -What is the philosophical sleight-of-hand that each philosopher discusses, and how is it relevant to their disagreement about cases like Kates? 2. At the end of the film Gone Baby Gone , Patrick makes a difficult decision that causes his girlfriend to hate him, presumably because she believes that he has done something morally wrong. Evaluate Patricks decisions from the perspectives of utilitarianism and Kantian ethics. Your discussion should address the following considerations:...
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This note was uploaded on 01/12/2012 for the course PHIL 02 taught by Professor Toñoramirez during the Winter '11 term at DeAnza College.
- Winter '11