Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Read the article on McGinn on abortion for Friday.

No class Monday.

Paper due Wednesday. Assignment below.

Next Friday: start Regan book

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Paper 1: Bioethics

On McGinn

Due next Wednesday, Sept. 30. Bring 3 copies to class.

Assignment:

First, read Jim Pryor’s Guidelines on Writing a Philosophy Paper available here:

http://www.jimpryor.net/teaching/guidelines/writing.html

We have read and discussed much of Colin McGinn's Moral Literacy. His book presents both a general approach to moral questions and an application of that approach to a number of moral issues.

In his article “Two Kinds of Potentiality,” Dale Jacquette critiques McGinn’s response to the moral issue of abortion and, perhaps, McGinn’s general approach to moral issues.

In this paper you should explain Jacquette’s critique of McGinn’s arguments on abortion. To do this, you must first explain McGinn’s arguments on abortion, as well as his general perspective on how to think about moral issues. You then must explain Jacquette’s objections to his arguments. Finally, you must explain whether Jacquette’s arguments are sound or not, i.e., whether his response to McGinn shows that McGinn’s arguments are unsound. You should explain how McGinn might respond to Jacquette.

Your paper should have a paragraph long introduction that explains what you are going to do and concludes with a clear, concise, simple thesis: “I will argue that (e.g.,) Jacquette’s objections to McGinn are sound and so ____” or “I will argue that (e.g.,) Jacquette’s objections to McGinn are not sound and so ____”

5 pages or so.

Due next Wednesday, Sept. 30. Bring 3 copies to class.

Late papers will be severely penalized.

I am giving you a copy of the Jacquette article. If you would like the file to print it out in a larger format, email me: nathan.nobis@gmail.com

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