Tuesday, November 24, 2009

For Wedneday, the following reading are assigned and/or re-assigned:

Gregory Pence, Ch. 4. “UTILITARIANS VS. KANTIANS ON STOPPING AIDS,” from The Elements of Bioethics (McGraw Hill, 2006)http://aphilosopher.googlepages.com/pence.pdf

3. “Racism and Health Care: A Medical Ethics Issue,” AnnetteDula, from A Companion to African-American Philosophy (Blackwell, 2003).http://aphilosopher.googlepages.com/dula.pdf


You might want to take a look at this as well:
“The Singer Solution to World Poverty,” Peter Singer, The NY Times.http://www.utilitarian.net/singer/by/19990905.htm

For Monday, we will move on to Pence Ch. 5.

Monday, November 23, 2009

FOR MONDAY: PRINT OUT AND READ: Gregory Pence, Ch. 4. “UTILITARIANS VS. KANTIANS ON STOPPING AIDS,” from The Elements of Bioethics (McGraw Hill, 2006)http://aphilosopher.googlepages.com/pence.pdf

Oh, BTW, the due date on the Regan paper (see blog and previous emails for the assignement) has been changed to the Monday after we get back from Thanksgiving so that we can have more time to do more of the Pence book.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Oh, BTW, the due date on the Regan paper (see blog and previous emails for the assignement) has been changed to the Monday after we get back from Thanksgiving so that we can have more time to do more of the Pence book.

On Wed, Nov 18, 2009 at 2:57 PM, Nathan Nobis wrote:
I only made copies for people in class today and said they need it. I cannot help students who don't come to class and don't tell me their needs! :)

Monday, November 9, 2009

Paper 2 assignment

Explain Regan's moral theory that he calls the "rights theory." This is a theory that ascribes moral rights to (some) humans and (some) animals. Explain what this theory is, what rights are, and so forth, in a manner that someone who has not read the book would understand.

Explain what practical consequences follow from Regan's rights theory, i.e., what should we do, if it is true?

Explain Regan's argument in favor of the rights theory. How does he support his theory? How does he argue that we should accept it?

Present three of what you think are the strongest and/or most important and/or interesting objections to Regan's rights theory and/or the arguments he gives in its favor. These objections can be from the Regan book, the Preface to the Case for Animal Rights book or the Cohen article. Objections from any other source must be approved by Dr. Nobis.

Bring 3 copies of your paper on Friday, November 20. We will plan to read three students' papers in class for feedback.

Final version due Monday, November 23.

Friday, November 6, 2009

For Monday, the xerox of the preface to the Regan Case for Animal Rights book that I handed out in class. Many objections are considered there.

I mentioned this paper today, FYI:
For Wednesday, we will move on to the Pence Elements of Bioethics book, Chapter 1. If you don't have it and can't get it let me know and I will copy the chapter.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

For Friday, re-read the section on "Philosophical Objections" in the objections and reply chapter. Also read these pages by Carl Cohen, who is discussed in those pages:

Carl Cohen, “Why Animals Do Not Have Rights,” from Cohen and Regan, The Animal Rights Debate (Rowman & Littlefield, 2001) at http://ethicsandanimals.googlepages.com/cohen-ar-debate.pdf

Video: Carl Cohen, "Why Animals Do Not Have Rights”: http://www.rzuser.uni-heidelberg.de/~rebert/arlectures/media/index.php?f=2&v=cohen Also here: http://youtube.com/profile_videos?user=rainerebert&p=r (GET EXACT LINK)

For Monday, please read that Preface of The Case for Animal Rights that I handed out today.