Unit 6: Deontological Ethics: Kantian Theory
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The requirements for this assignment are to:
Examine your thesis statement using one or two particular sub-types of consequentialist ethics.
Write a 5-6 paragraph essay that encompasses and explains how consequentialist ethicists in your chosen sub-type would generally view your topic, your thesis statement, and your three supporting reasons.
Remain cognizant of how this essay will fit into your final paper.
Students: Be sure to read the criteria, by which your paper/project will be evaluated, before you write, and again after you write. Refer to the rubric document in Course Information.
This Unit you will write an essay examining your chosen topic and thesis statement through the eyes of an ethical consequentialist. More specifically you will choose a particular sub-type of consequentialism (Act, Rule, or Preference utilitarianism) to focus on in your essay. You must discuss the various strengths and weaknesses of the sub-type and how those who adhere to that system address the ethical issue you chose. This will require using the readings that are in the unit that corresponds to your topic, the readings on consequentialist ethics, and outside research that you conduct on your own. The paper should follow the structure outlined below:
Introduction: Your introductory paragraph must include your thesis statement and explain that you will be examining your topic through the eyes of a consequentialist ethicist. You must also list the various sub-types of consequentialist ethics that you will be examining in the body of this paper (generally, one to two sub-types is enough).
Body: The body of the paper should be broken up into three paragraphs.
Application: The first paragraph or two in the body should apply consequentialist ethical theory to your topic, and more specifically you must examine your particular chosen consequentialist (utilitarian) sub-type and how it connects to your topic and thesis statement. In this paragraph you should cite utilitarian scholars and how they view your topic.
Strengths: In the next paragraph of the body of your paper you must show the strengths of your chosen utilitarian theory in relation to your topic, and the ways that you think this moral theory might work well with the thesis statement you are arguing.
Weaknesses: In the last paragraph of the body of your paper, you must examine the weaknesses of your chosen utilitarian theory in relation to your topic and the ways that you think this moral theory might not work well with the thesis statement you are arguing.
Conclusion: This should be one paragraph. The conclusion should very briefly review the main points of your essay and must contain a paraphrased restatement of your thesis.
The Unit 6 paper must be 375 to 500 words in length (excluding title and reference pages), double spaced, and formatted according to APA style, using Times new Roman type and size 12 Font. You must use at least two scholarly resources to support this essay. Cite your sources within the text of your paper and on the reference page. For information regarding APA, please visit this tutorial from the American Psychological Association or refer to the Post University APA Style Guide.
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