Pl201 Introduction To Philosophy

Week 4 “My Obligations to Others – Philosophical Ethics Part I” This Week’s Activities Learning Objectives: • Recognize the difference between valid and invalid arguments. Reading & Assignments: • Read chapters 19 – 22 • Read Lecture “Ethics Part 1” • Read Lecture “Philosophical Ethics” • Complete the Discussion “Aristotle’s Conception of Virtue” • Complete the Assignment “Short Paper on Aristotle” Reading Stewart, D., Blocker, G. H., & Petrik, J. (2012). Fundamentals of philosophy. (8th ed. ed.). New York: Pearson. ISBN: 9780205242993 Read Chapters 19 – 22 (Pages 239 – 288) This week’s readings introduce to you the philosophical study of ethics. As you complete this reading, strive to understand how each of the various ethical theories we discuss this week defines the concept of ethical obligation. Please also work hard to assess whether, and if so to what extent, these theories provide us with insight that is valuable in our daily lives and especially as we confront ethically challenging situations in our personal or professional lives. Please pay special attention to the primary text excerpts from Aristotle. W4 Lecture “My Obligations to Others”https://lms.grantham.edu/webapps/blackboard/execute/content/blankPage?cmd=view&content_id=_2150759_1&course_id=_27978_1 W4 Assignment “Short Paper on Aristotle” Short Paper on Aristotle Aristotle maintains that the highest good is ‘happiness’ (‘eudaimonia’ in Greek). Please write an essay about Aristotle’s concept of eduaimonia that answers the following questions:
What, in your own words, does Aristotle mean by ‘eudaiomonia’? For Aristotle, does the highest good of happiness include those moments when you experience intense pleasure? Why or why not? If, for Aristotle, eudaimonia is not simply a matter of experiencing pleasure, what else might it involve? Please ensure that your essay addresses each component of the assigned questions and that your answer is well-organized, uses excellent, college-level prose, and makes judicious use of textual evidence. Your essay should be 700 words long. (2 Pages) Grading Criteria Assignments Maximum Points Meets or exceeds established assignment criteria 40 Demonstrates an understanding of lesson concepts 20 Clearly presents well-reasoned ideas and concepts 30 Mechanics, punctuation, sentence structure, spelling, APA formatting. 10 Total 100
Week 5 “Philosophical ethics Part II” This Week’s Activities Learning Objectives: • Distinguish between appearance and reality. Reading & Assignments: • Read chapters 23 – 24 • Read Lecture “Philosophical Ethics P. 2” • Complete the Discussion “Mill’s Principle of Utility” • Complete the Assignment “Short Paper on Mill” Reading W5 Reading Stewart, D., Blocker, G. H., & Petrik, J. (2012). Fundamentals of philosophy. (8th ed. ed.). New York: Pearson. ISBN: 9780205242993 Read Chapters 23 – 24 (Pages 289 – 315) In this week’s readings, you will continue your study of philosophical ethics by engaging with John Stuart Mill’s utilitarian ethical theory and Immanuel Kant’s deontological theory. Please be sure to pay particular attention to the primary text readings from Mill’s Utilitarianism. W5 Lecture “Philosophical Ethics Part 2”https://lms.grantham.edu/webapps/blackboard/execute/content/blankPage?cmd=view&content_id=_2150769_1&course_id=_27978_1 W5 Assignment “Short Paper on Mill” Short Paper on Mill Mill famously argued that the ethical action is what leads to the greatest amount of happiness for the greatest number of people. Please write an essay about Mill’s utilitarian ethical theory that answers the following questions: 1. Does utilitarian theory require us to–somehow–have certain knowledge about the future? Can we identify which actions will cause the greatest amount of happiness for the greatest number of people without having certain knowledge of the future? 2. Can a utilitarian consistently reject as immoral the enslavement of a small group of people whose enslavement brings great happiness to a much larger group of people? 3. Do either of these two problems (the ‘knowing the future’ problem and the ‘justification of slavery’ problem) mean that utilitarianism is an unsatisfactory ethical theory? Why or why not? Please ensure that your essay addresses each component of the assigned questions and that your answer is well-organized, uses excellent, college-level prose, and makes judicious use of textual evidence. Your essay should be 700 words long. (2 Pages) Grading Criteria Assignments Maximum Points Meets or exceeds established assignment criteria 40 Demonstrates an understanding of lesson concepts 20 Clearly presents well-reasoned ideas and concepts 30 Mechanics, punctuation, sentence structure, spelling, APA formatting. 10 Total 100 To the writer this is two assignment week 4 and week 5. Please send 2 separate word document with their own references