Philosophy Week 4 Class
MIDTERM Layout & material
Animal rights, syllabus
2 essay questions
applied ethics homosexuality/ animal rights
Moral agency vs. moral patience.
Understanding terms of implicit social agreement Narvessen
Peoples positions in reading.
Show knowledge of course material. Talk about strengths and weaknesses
Relationship between nature and morality
Leven moral relevance of thoughts about the
2 things. Leven thinks
1) Being homosexual will lead to unhappiness; steps should be taken so that people
don’t fall into this unhappiness. They are unhappy because its unnatural.
2) Homosexuality is problematic
not that its wrong, but it is unwise & thinks state should take steps to make sure
kids don’t become homosexual
Worried that it is unnatural or abnormal, try to defend that unmoral or unnatural is
Levin argues that homosexuality acts are prudently bad because they are unnatural.
The concept “natural” and unnatural are very slippery, contrary to our first assumptions,
and I t is very difficult to make a convincing case that things that are unnatural in some
clear sense are either conductive to unhappiness or immoral
Have questions about natural and good/ unnatural and bad.
Sometimes unnatural is seen as