Utilitarianism

Essay #2: Assignment Instructions NB: Before starting your essay, you should read this entire document as well as the information in the ‘Essay Assignments: Grading Criteria and Helpful Information’ folder. One of the articles given below is from The New York Times. Non-subscribers are limited to the number of articles they can read, but the Richland Library has full access to The New York Times. You can access The New York Times via this Choose one of the topics below. Topic #1: Utilitarianism Chapters 7 and 8 of our text deal with utilitarianism. Read this article from The New York Times and write an essay that connects the article to the discussion  of utilitarianism in our text, specifically problems with utilitarianism. Your essay must include reference to chapters 7 and 8 of our text (THE ELEMENTS OF MORAL PHILO SOPHY) as well as at least one reference to an article/entry in either The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy or The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, through quotation and/or paraphrase. Rather than your opinion on utilitarianism, your essay should be a discussion of utilitarianism, specifically criticisms against the theory. Topic #2: The Golden Rule and the Categorical Imperative Chapters 9 and 10 of our text deal with Kant and his categorical imperative. Read this article from Philosophy Now and write an essay that connects the article to our text’s discussion of the categorical imperative. Your essay must include reference to our text as well as at least one reference to an article/entry in either The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy or The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, through quotation and/or paraphrase. Rather than giving your opinion of the categorical imperative, your essay should discuss the article and required sources with regard to the categorical imperative. In addition to what is described above, your essay must include the following: ·         A heading done according to MLA ·         An original title ·         An introductory paragraph that contains your thesis (see this VERY helpful advice on how to write your intro/begin your essay, and if you are unsure of how to write a thesis, read this advice on developing a thesis) ·         A summary of the article related to the topic you chose (If you are unsure of how to write a summary, read this helpful advice on how to correctly summarize a text) ·         Body paragraphs that discuss utilitarianism or the categorical imperative, depending on the topic you chose, through reference to the related article, chapters of our text, and at least one of the required sources mentioned above (here is some excellent advice on how to structure body paragraphs) ·         A minimum of 3 full pages (your works cited page doesn’t count as a page) ·         A conclusion (see this VERY helpful advice on how to conclude your essay) Your essay should be double-spaced, in Times New Roman 12 point font; your paper should be written in Standard English and done in MLA format. You must include a MLA works cited page that includes all sources used in your essay, including the article I provided. To submit your paper, click on ‘Essay 2.’ You should attach a file that can be opened with Microsoft Word (doc or docx); do not submit a pdf or type in the submission box. Any instance of plagiarism will be punished by a minimum of an F on the assignment and a report to the associate dean of the humanities division. Further punishment could include failure in the course, suspension, or expulsion.

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