DECISION: ARGUE WHY UTILITARIANISM IS THE BEST ETHICAL THEORY TO FOLLOW FOR OUR SOCIETY
OBJECTION: WHY IT IS NOT
1) Students must write an argumentative philosophical essay on a topic relevant to any of the course themes.
2) Each student must select at least one academic journal article, book, or book chapter to include in her or his essay, and at least one of these sources must be approved by me (via email or hard copy) any time before the due date for the first draft of the essay (though you should get your source approved as soon as possible). A reading from the course can be used as your required source, but you are not required to use course readings in your paper. Besides academic works, relevant news articles may be cited as needed, though these cannot count as your required source.
3) Essays must be 1000-1200 words (not including bibliography), double-spaced, in Times New Roman 12-point font, with one-inch margins. Sources must be cited according to an official style of the student\’s choosing (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.).
4) Essays must be argumentative. You should identify a position in the literature that you think needs to be challenged or modified in some way. Present the problem that you are dealing with as fairly and clearly as possible. Then, advance your own argument. Finally, raise at least one objection to your own position, and provide a response to this objection in defense of your view. Avoid \”fluff,\” or unnecessary statements. Everything you write should be relevant to your topic.
-Describe the problem on which you are focusing (Utilitarianism). What is the debate? Briefly summarize your position, the objection you are considering, and how you intend to respond to the objection.
II. Your Argument
-Present your own argument. You should aim to expand upon, reject, modify, or otherwise contribute to some aspect of an ongoing discussion.
-Set up the objection from your \”opponent\” as clearly and fairly as possible. Be sure to represent their position accurately (as if it were your own position). This objection can come from a real or imagined opposing side. Basically, you should present what you take to be the strongest and most legitimate objection to your own view.
IV. Your Response
-Provide a response to the objection in defense of your own position.
-Similar to the introduction; summarize what you\’ve done in the paper and how you\’ve done it. Don\’t add anything new in the conclusion; only refer to points that are already addressed within the paper.