Applying an Ethical Theory

> Please read these assignment instructions before writing your paper, and
> re-read them often during and after the writing process to make sure that
> you are fulfilling all of the instructions.
> *Overview*
> The following short essay assignment is designed to help prepare you for an
> important part of the Final Paper. In this essay, you will do the
> following:
>    – Choose either the same ethical problem or question you discussed in
>    the Week One Assignment, or a different one from the list of acceptable
>    topics.
>    – Choose either utilitarian or deontological ethical theory to apply to
>    the ethical question.
>    – Explain the core principles of that theory.
>    – Demonstrate how the principles of the theory support a certain
>    position on that question.
>    – Articulate a relevant objection to the theory on the basis of that
>    argument.
> *Instructions*
> Write a five paragraph essay that conforms to the requirements below. The
> paper must be 600 to 900 words in length (excluding title and reference
> pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford
> Writing Center. The paragraphs of your essay should conform to the
> following guidelines:
>    1. *Introduction*
>    The introduction should be one paragraph, no more than 120 words. This
>    should clearly delimit the ethical problem or question under
> consideration,
>    and define the essential issues. You may build upon the problem you
> raised
>    in the Week One Assignment, or you may choose a different topic, but it
>    must be from the list of acceptable topics.  The last sentence of the
>    introduction should briefly summarize the conclusion or position on this
>    issue that you think is best supported by this theory, and succinctly
> state
>    what the objection will be. Remember that your essay will not be
> concerned
>    with your own position on this issue, but what someone defending the
> chosen
>    theory would conclude.
>    2. *Body Paragraphs*
>    Each paragraph in the body should start with a topic sentence that
>    clearly identifies the main idea of the paragraph. Each paragraph should
>    have at least four sentences.
>       1. *Theory explanation:*
>       This should be approximately 150words explaining the core principles
>       or features of the deontological or utilitarian theory and the
> general
>       account of moral behavior  it provides.
>          – You must quote from at least one required resource that defends
>          or represents that theory. Please view this list of acceptable
>          resources
> <>
>          .
>          2. *Application:*
>       This should be approximately 150 words, and should address how the
>       principles or features of the deontological or utilitarian
> theory apply to
>       the problem or question under consideration and identify the
> specific moral
>       conclusion that results from that application.
>          – Your application should clearly show how the conclusion follows
>          from the main tenets of the theory as addressed in the
> previous paragraph.
>          Please see the associated guidance for help in fulfilling
> this requirement.
>       3. *Objection:*
>       This should be approximately 150  words raising a relevant objection
>       to the argument expressed in part “b.” A relevant objection is one
> that
>       exposes a weakness in the theory as it applies to your problem,
> and so you
>       should explain how it brings out this weakness.
>          – Note that this does not necessarily mean that the objection
>          succeeds, or that the conclusion the theory supports is
> wrong. It may be an
>          obstacle that any adequate defense of the conclusion would have to
>          overcome, and it may be the case that the theory has the resources
> to
>          overcome that obstacle. Your task here is simply to raise the
> objection or
>          present the “obstacle”.
>       3. *Conclusion*
>    The conclusion should be one paragraph, no more than 150 words. The
>    conclusion should very briefly summarize the main points of your essay
> and
>    must contain a paraphrased restatement of your thesis.
> *Resources Requirements:*
>    – You must use at least two resources to support your claims.
>    – At least one of the resources should be one of the Required or
>    Recommended resources that directly represent the theory you have
> chosen,
>    and must be drawn from the list of acceptable resources
> <>
>    .
>    – The other source should pertain to the particular issue you are
>    writing about, and should be drawn from the Required or Recommended
>    readings in the course, or found in the Ashford Library.
>    – You are encouraged to use additional resources, so long as at least
>    two conform to the requirements above.
>    – The textbook does not count toward satisfying the resources
>    requirement.
>    – To count toward satisfying the requirement, resources must be cited
>    within the body of your paper and on the reference page and formatted
>    according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

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