• January 6th, 2017

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1) According to your readings from class this week, what is one evident similarity and one marked difference between the ethical theories of Augustine and Aquinas? With which of these thinkers do you most agree (or disagree), and why?

2)Christian ethicist Stanley Hauerwas encourages a prescriptive narrative ethical theory (and practice). What seems positive or helpful about this approach to ethics? What seems problematic? Cite your sources from the textbooks and other course materials.

3) Different views concerning human nature influence ethical thinking, morality, and justice. Based on your readings, what are the particular beliefs about human nature that differentiate the ethical theories of Thomas Hobbes, David Hume, and Immanuel Kant? How might you illustrate each perspective?

4)Beyond Bumper Sticker Ethics reminds readers that applying ideas (theories) to actual situations is the necessary and challenging step after establishing theoretical bases. Discuss the crucial relationship between ethical theory and moral practice, considering the claim that good ideas are “valuable because they allow us to do thing well. Any good theory will be a useful tool in the laboratory of life” (Wilkens, 2011, p. 217).

5)What would you present (if only given 2-3 minutes to speak or 250-300 words to write) as the primary issues concerning the ethical dilemma of illegal immigration, specifically whether the United States government should allow undocumented immigrants (persons in the country illegally) to become U.S. citizens? Review the “Opposing Viewpoints” and “Issues & Controversies” databases located under the course materials folder, as well as the website Procon.org and other scholarly resources for topic help. Cite information from these sources in your response.

6)What are some ethical dilemmas within your academic discipline, program, or area of study or interest? Do you already have clarity concerning these issues, and if not, what steps will you take toward gaining understanding and determining your position in regards to these ethical dilemmas? Draw from you research throughout this course and include citations in your response

7)What is the strongest argument in favor of using the categorical imperative (CI) for ethical decision-making in today’s pluralist society? What is the greatest weakness of CI in this regard? Cite your responses from the textbooks and other course materials.

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