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Minimum 250 words- Drop in Weekly Assignment DropBox (Maximum 30% originality)(See Guidelines)Feb 19th by 10:55pm post on BlackboardPaper:See List of Films for Paper Topics in Assignments-Papers Feb 21st, by 10:55pm Paper Due Read:Shafer: Chapter 13– The Social Contract Tradition: The Theory and Its Attractions, Chapter 14- The Social Contract Tradition: Problems and ProspectsBook Assignment Ideas: (Use one or multiple)6
What did Hobbes mean by the state of nature? What did he imagine life would be like in such a state? How did he suggest that people could get out of such a state? Define contractarianism, and explain how contractarians seek to justify moral rules. Do you find contractarianism to be an attractive moral theory?Why or why not? Have we all consented to abide by a social contract? If so, how? If not, is this a problem for contractarianism? Defend your answer.Describe Hobbes's character of "the Fool." How does the Fool raise a problem for contractarianism? What is Hobbes's solution to this problem? Do you find it convincing?Minimum 250 words- Drop in Weekly Assignment DropBox (Maximum 30% originality)(See Guidelines)Feb 23rd by 10:55pm post on BlackboardVideo Clip: GMO #8Video AssignmentIdeas:Possible points to discuss. (Use one or multiple) India forced to buy bt cotton seed at 4 times prices. No normal cotton seed available. Ethics of what is happing in India? Seeds of Suicide? How many seed companies have been purchased? 2ndgreen revolution? What about the contamination of transgenic seed? Mexico, finding pure seed? Minimum 250 words- Drop in Weekly Assignment DropBox (Maximum 30% originality)(See Guidelines)Feb 26th by 10:55pm post on BlackboardRead:Shafer: Chapter 15 - Ethical Pluralism and Absolute Moral Rules, Chapter 16- Ethical Pluralism: Prima Facie Duties and Ethical ParticularismBook Assignment Ideas: (Use one or multiple)What is the Doctrine of Double Effect? Describe a case in which the doctrine could be used as a source of moral guidance. Do you think the Doctrine of Double Effect gives good advice in this case? What about in general? 7
Present in detail the consequentialist argument for the conclusion that moral absolutism is irrational. Do you find this argument compelling? Why or why not?What do you think is the biggest attraction of Ross's view? Explain why Ross's view has this attraction and why some competing ethical theories do not. Is this a sufficient reason to accept Ross's theory or not?Describe the three traditional approaches to the question of how we come to know moral claims. Which do you find the most attractive, and why?Minimum 250 words- Drop in Weekly Assignment DropBox (Maximum 30% originality)(See Guidelines)March 2nd by 10:55pm post on BlackboardVideo Clip:.#9 GMO Video Assignment Ideas:Possible points to discuss. (Use one or multiple) Local corn versus US imported corn? What happens when using transgenic corn? Whydoes none transgenic grow better? When using transgenic farmers need to buy fertilizer and spray. What is the fear of Mexican scientists? What is Monsanto’s goal?