This is an assignment that focuses on the Description application and analysis of an ethical theory. This analysis is through a chosen lived experience.
The description application and analysis of an ethical theory
First, describe the moral theory you have chosen in detail.
– You want to explain what the theory says about why actions are right or wrong, and what decision-making procedure the theory advises you to engage in.
Second, describe at least THREE decisions that you made in accordance with the theory. Most importantly, you must clearly illustrate how the decision you made is supported by the theory. (Or, if you think you failed to do what the theory advises, explain what decision you should have made instead, and why.)
– The decisions you address can be big or small. The most important thing is that you give a plausible assessment of how a utilitarian or Kantian would respond.
– Because respect for privacy is important, if you talk about other people in your paper, either ask them for permission to use their name, or use a fake name.
o Remember: Even though you’re reporting on your personal experiences, this is not a journal entry: it’s an academic paper. You don’t need to try to sound formal, but use proper grammar and spelling and keep your tone respectful.
Third, offer a brief reflection on what it was like to make decisions in accordance with your theory. Was it hard? Easy? What did you enjoy or not enjoy about it?
Fourth, offer a strong objection to (that is, a limitation of or problem for) the theory you’ve chosen (utilitarianism or Kantianism).
– You may base this objection on reading you’ve done (whether for class or outside of class), on objections we’ve addressed together in class, or on your personal decision-making experiences.
o Whatever kind of objection you choose, you must connect your discussion of the objection to your experience in some way.
– For example, you might address questions like:
o What is missing from the theory? What doesn’t it capture that it should capture?
o Where does the theory go wrong? Does it deliver the wrong verdict? Is it too difficult to apply?
Fifth, explain how a supporter of the view would respond or reply to the objection. What is the best defense they could give against it?
– What strategy to responding to an objection are they using?
Finally: Explain whether you think this reply succeeds: in your personal opinion, does it successfully defend against the objection, or not? Why?