- Think of something that you believe is a Universal moral law – or if it is not, that you believe should be. Why do you think it is (or should be) universal? If it isn’t, why might that be?
- In dealing with the question of the Elder Care, does Utilitarianism provide ideas for solving these problems?
- When you were growing up, what were the three or four most important rules in your family? Do you think these rules were rational and fair? Why or why not? Explain your thinking. What rules have you rejected as you have gotten older, and why? Which have you maintained, and why? What are the most important rules you live by today (if any)? Are there any rules you think should never be “bent” or “broken”? If yes, which one(s), and why? If not, why not?
- Imagine you are the sole monarch of the small island nation of Freedonia. As king or queen, you can make whatever rules you think best to govern the Freedonian people. First, explain how you would decide what the rules should be. Then tell us what you’d impose as your top three or four rules for Freedonia, and explain why. Use concepts from the course in your discussion.
Read Week six Reading and Answer one of the following(350-500 Words):
- The Social Contract theory suggests that we need rules and laws, and as a participant in our society we agree to abide by these rules. What do we do about rules and laws to which we disagree? Let’s take “pot legalization” for the topic. Some states allow and some states do not, so what do you do if you disagree with the laws of your state under this theory?
- Think of World Health and the Allocation of Health Care. How should Health Care be allocated? Do all human beings have a claim and right to proper Health Care? How should we pay for Health Care systems? How should Health conditions that threaten large segments of the World’s populations be handled?
- Social Contract theory is an important and respected approach in moral philosophy. But it’s not flawless. Compare Hobbes’ version with John Locke’s. (They are considerably different!) One problem with accepting this theory is the treatment of those who are not parties to the Social Contract. Why should we take them into consideration, if they’re not obliged to take us into consideration? For example, what if they are unable to “consent” due to intellectual limitations, like mentally disabled people and non-human animals? This problem extends to people who are not yet born. What do we owe them–given that they (not here yet) don’t “owe” us anything in return?This issue is not merely abstract. The impact of global climate change puts our obligations to future generations at the top of the news.
- Do we have a moral obligation to future generations? Do you think we are obliged to make decisions about our own lifestyles based on concerns about future generations? If so, why? If not, why not? Explain your reasoning.
For each week’s reading, you must include one quote and reference citation from an assigned reading for the week
Your ONLY source is the attached reading