All 3 Portions must be on seperate papers
Now that you have learned about competing ethical theories, write a thread that compares and contrasts a Christian ethical theory with a competing ethical theory. Since we have already looked at ethical relativism in Discussion: Relativism vs Absolutism, you may choose from any metaethical theory covered in Moral Choices or Talking About Ethics except ethical relativism. That means you can choose from Virtue Ethics, Natural Law, Ethical Egoism, Utilitarianism, and Duty Ethics in contrast to a Christian ethical theory.
How do these each system define ?the good?? How does each claim to know ?the good??
What, if anything, do these systems have in common? What, if anything, are their key differences?
Which theory do you think is the stronger ethical theory? Defend your answer. This final question should take up the majority of your thread.
Be sure to carefully define your terms, articulate the strengths and weaknesses of each theory, and defend your position. You are expected to support your position with rational arguments, fitting examples, and expert sources. Any quotes or information used from sources other than yourself must be cited using footnotes in current Turabian format and will not count towards the total word count.
First, choose an issue in applied ethics that greatly interests you. You may choose any of the following topics covered in the assigned readings from our textbooks:
For example: Abortion; Biomedical Issues (IVF, Stem Cell Research, etc.); Capital Punishment; Church-State Relations; Economics; Environment; Euthanasia; Just War; LGBTQ Issues; Marriage & Family; Healthcare; Political Engagement; Poverty; Racism and Race Issues; Sexual Ethics, etc.
Second, based on the ethical theory you defended in Discussion: Compare and Contrast Metaethical Theories, formulate an ethical application on this specific issue in a thread. You are expected to use both textbooks as well as outside academic sources to support your analysis and argument. As you write your thread, consider the following flow for your essay:
Step 1: Briefly summarize what theory you defended in Discussion: Compare and Contrast Metaethical Theories and what applied issue you are addressing in this discussion. If you have changed your mind on which theory from Discussion: Compare and Contrast Metaethical Theories you think is stronger, you may write an application for the theory you NOW think is the stronger theory. For example, if you defended Egoism and now think a Christian ethical theory is stronger, you may apply a Christian ethical theory.
Step 2: Articulate a detailed application based on your theory. This should be the bulk of your thread.
Step 3: Briefly describe a strong counterargument to your application and respond to it. For now, keep it brief (no more than one paragraph). In the Capstone Essay Assignment, you will have more room to elaborate.
This assignment is an essay that brings all of the knowledge and skills developed in this course
to bear on a single ethical issue. You will write an 1800?2000-word essay (not including
footnotes, the title page, table of contents, and bibliography) that combines the insights and
arguments of the second and third discussions into a single carefully-articulated work. Format
should be 12pt, Times New Roman font and in Turabian format.
Begin your paper with a brief introductory paragraph that clearly states your goals, thesis, and
method. State what metaethical theory you are defending, the issue in applied ethics you are
addressing, the conclusion(s) you want to defend.
Next, provide a lengthy and detailed defense of the metaethical theory you defended in
Discussion: Compare and Contrast Metaethical Theories. This will likely reflect what you
argued for in your thread and the feedback that you received from the professor and/or
classmates who responded to your thread. Here you can go into much more detail than you could
in the discussion, which was limited to 600 words. If you have changed your mind since
Discussion: Compare and Contrast Metaethical Theories and wish to defend a different
theory, you may do so. This section of the Capstone Essay Assignment would be roughly half
of your paper (three to four pages).
Next, proceed to the applied ethics issue that you discussed in your Discussion: Ethical
Application thread. Here you should greatly expand upon your argument. Add detail, nuance,
and argumentation, providing a fairly complete and comprehensive application based on the
theory you defend in the first half of the paper. You may illustrate the application with real-life
examples, but please do not fill your paper with anecdotes. You should anticipate possible
objections to your approach to the issue and respond to them in an objective and informed
manner. (For ideas on how others might object to your approach, a good place to begin would be
your classmate?s reply to your thread, but you need not stop there. Many books and articles have
been published on issues in applied ethics, and these can provide a wealth of possible arguments
relevant to every issue.) You are encouraged to use quotes from sources as a way to support your
arguments, but quotes should not make up more than one and a half pages of your essay.
Your conclusion should reflect what you have argued in your thesis. It should recap what you
have accomplished and how you have accomplished it.
This paper is not required to utilize any sources outside of those that were used in the class (the
two textbooks, the videos, and the PointCast presentations), but use of additional resources is
permitted and encouraged. At the minimum the paper should utilize the resources from the class.
All resources used must be listed in the bibliography and any resources quoted, paraphrased, or
alluded to must be documented via footnotes formatted according to Turabian. Sources such as
Wikipedia and online dictionaries do not count as academic sources and should not be used.
Biblical references are encouraged, but will not count as an academic source.
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Remember, your footnotes and bibliography (if you had one) do not count toward the 2000 word
limit. You will be penalized if you exceed the limit, so please do not.
Your paper must begin with a title page that includes a paper title, your name, the date, and the
course name and number. The second page of your paper must be a table of contents. The last
page of your paper must be devoted to your bibliography. The paper must utilize 12 point Times
New Roman font, double-spaced, with one inch margins. It must be double-spaced rather than
triple-spaced between paragraphs and there should be only one space after the end of each
Any documentation in the body of your paper must be done via footnotes formatted according to
Turabian. If you are not familiar with how to do this, simply look it up online. There are many
websites that explain Turabian formatting. Footnotes should be single-spaced 10 point Times
New Roman font.
Your paper must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document. If you submit it as a .pdf or
anything other than a Microsoft Word document it will not be graded.
Proofread your work before handing it in! Errors of spelling, grammar, syntax, and punctuation
will affect your grade. This is a university-level writing assignment. Please write accordingly.
Submit your finished paper via the submission link. Turnitin is a program that checks your work
for plagiarism. Plagiarism is unethical and will not be tolerated. If you are not sure what
plagiarism is, it is your responsibility to find out. Ignorance is no excuse. Do not plagiarize!
This assignment contributes to achieving and assessing the achievement of all four of the Course