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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Moral Philosophy paper topics

Option A:  According to Aristotle’s virtue ethic, should I wish for my friend Byron that he win the lottery?  If you think the answer to this question is easy, then you have not looked at all of Books I, II, III, IV, and VII in the EN. Papers that rely only on evidence from books VIII and IX are C papers at best.     

Option B:  Albert Schweitzer is virtuous.  Therefore, Kate Norlock is not virtuous.  If she was virtuous, she would decide to pursue, and actually pursue, a life much like Albert Schweitzer’s.  Instead, she, like you and most people, is settling for not trying very hard, and for a so-so life requiring no bravery or distinction.  Aver or refute this.

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