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PHIL 224
George Williamson

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Pthl 224 September 28 2012 1 Housekeeping: − midterm, will be a take home midterm now (likely) − simply getting things right will be less important than showing that you understand how the arguments work − focused reality well − citation will not be important (page number would work) − sometimes arguments are about what an offer says, sometimes you need to look at what they “really” mean about a subject matter Essay:  about 2,500 – 3,000 words  organize it in the most effective way ◦ you can combine all of the expositions and critical responses or separate them  you want it to be more detailed, not general  write your essay backwards ◦ write your conclusion first and than you introduction that way you know exactly what your essay will be about ◦ in your intro.... cut out the stuff like “This has been happening since the dawn of time” ... focus on your topic  comparative/argumentative ◦ a combination of both, more emphasis on the argumentative  you're not going to fell confident about concluding, you will only have a small amount of material, so don't feel to bad ◦ you cannot cover everything, all possible questions ◦ you need to limit yourself ◦ conclude your arguments, not the absolute truth  show you are aware of the dialectical environment ◦ the subject matter of your essay is in the middle of a conversation ◦ focus on best/strongest criticisms Essay Topics 1. Gay marriage – should it be a right?: Look into the arguments for and against gay marriage, and draw the best conclusion (given the arguments) you can. Should gay marriage be an ordinary human right? Are there good reasons to restrict marriage to its current or traditional form? Would some other institution (like civil union) be an acceptable substitute?  We will not directly cover this in class  look at it in terms of a right Pthl 224 September 28 2012 2 2. Between consenting adults: Consent is often thought to resolve all moral problems with the conduct that follows it – after you have consented, nothing is immoral. But is consent that powerful? Specifically using sexuality as a context, explain why or why not consent might be not just necessary but sufficient for moral behaviour?  Investigate what philosophers really thing about consent 3. Pervert! – the ethics of deviance: One often hears it said: “if it doesn’t hurt anyone else (or: if you agreed to do it), there’s nothing wrong with it.” Some acts affect only you, or those who agree to be involved with you. Are they anybody else’s business but yours? Deviant sexual behaviours are usually star candidates for social control of some form. Investigat
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