2+3 - Week 2 July 10-14 Chapter 2: Values and Ethics What...

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Week 2 Week 2 July 10-14 July 10-14 Chapter 2: Values and Ethics –What Price Ethics and Can you Afford not to pay? Chapter 3: Reality Assumptions –It’s Eleven O'clock: Do You Know Where your Assumptions Are?
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Goals of Chapter 2 To learn about value assumptions which are distinct from reality assumptions To understand that people have strong, value-based beliefs that affect their positions about issues.These beliefs are often foundational to arguments and if unresolved –can lead to conflicts To understand that sometimes two strong values conflict, and one must take priority over the other. Provides guidelines to ethical argumentation and decision-making for the purpose of helping students be more aware of their own standards of conduct in their personal lives.
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Reality and Value Assumptions As you cover the chapter for this week, think of value assumptions as assumptions based on the values that the speaker believes are most important to them and the way they believe the world should be run. On the other hand, think of reality assumptions as based on evidence, data etc that can help to prove or disprove the assumption.
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First, a brief word on Chapter 1 As we move forward, try to recall what you read in Chapter 1 and make sure that you can now do the following: Take ANY type of reading, anywhere and be able to identify the elements of argument in that reading. Listen to any individual and be able to critically assess what they are saying and whether their reasons support their conclusions in the issues they raise –again, those are the elements of any argument (Issues, conclusions and reasons). As well, pay attention to what you intend to say and ensure that you bring up reasons that support your conclusions
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Now, back to Chapter 2: Have We read it? This chapter builds upon what we discovered about arguments in the opening chapter. It is very vital to aiding our understanding of the current, important issues that are part of our national debates and where we stand on policies regarding those issues, examples: gay marriage, abortion, gun control, and taxes. Hopefully, the IDEAlog exercise helped us to locate where exactly we stand on these issues. This should also help us tackle the next two chapters because we are now a little more clear about our values. After reading each section in your book, please pay careful attention
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PSCI 1050 taught by Professor Fodeibatty during the Summer '06 term at Western Michigan.

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2+3 - Week 2 July 10-14 Chapter 2: Values and Ethics What...

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