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

Friday, September 18, 2009

For Monday, we will discuss the Monday: drugs and concluding chapter on virtue in McGinn.

BE ON TIME!

Wednesday we will move onto the Regan book.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Revised:
For MONDAY, McGinn Ch. 2 on abortion. Writing assignment: what are the arguments? What's his main conclusion(s)? What are his reasons? Are his arguments any good or not?

NOTE: I WILL NOT ACCEPT ANY LATE WORK. IF YOU ARE NOT IN CLASS, YOUR WORK IS LIKELY LATE AND WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED, UNLESS YOU HAVE AN OFFICIAL EXCUSE.

For Wed: Ch. 5, Sex, in McGinn - writing assignment

For Friday: Ch. 6, Drugs, in McGinn - writing assignment

For next Monday: CH. 8, Virtue - writing assignment

Then we'll move on to the Regan book! - writing assignment

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

For Friday:

Re-read Rachels readings; read the 3 page handout from Rawls (I left it in my box if you didn't get it). Review the argument sheets, links on blog.

Monday:
No class due to Labor Day.

For Wednesday:
Read McGinn Chapter 1. Writing assignment: what's his main conclusion(s)? What are his premises, i.e., how does he justify his conclusion(s)? Due at the beginning of class.