PHI 130: Ethics Badges
The Applied Ethics Badge
Pick an ethical issue related to your major or field of study. Research it and address which ethical theories we've covered might inform solutions to this issue.
The Deontology Badge
Pick an ethical issue that is important to your personal life or a major ethical issue (such as same sex marriage, euthanasia, capital punishment) and create a deontological policy for this issue. In your essay you should address the potential problems with this policy that may arise as a result of its being based on deontology.
The Egoism Badge
Address the issues raised by egoism in light of the following insight from the Dalai Lama:“It is important that when pursing our own self-interest we should be “wise selfish” and not “foolish selfish”. Being foolish selfish means pursuing our own interests in a narrow, shortsighted way. Being wise selfish means taking a broader view and recognizing that our own long-term individual interest lies in the welfare of everyone. Being wise selfish means being compassionate.”
The Ethical Survey Badge
Complete the Ethical Survey which is linked on Blackboard and report on your results.
The Relativism Badge
Pick a cultural practice which is different from what we do in this country which has ethical implications (e.g. female circumcision, honor killings) and address this issue from the perspective of a relativist. In your response be sure to address the problems this response entails. Be sure you can show how your response illustrates those problems.
The Recent Ethical Theories Badge
Formulate a question concerning ethics or some particular ethical issue (or pick one from the Questions Badge) and answer it with reference to the material discussed in the videos linked on Bb. Your answer needs to demonstrate an understanding of recent developments in ethics and how to apply them to answering your question.
The Religion and Morality Badge
Pick a major social/ethical issue and formulate a policy on this issue using strictly religious justifications. In your response be sure to address the problems that arise as a result of this justification. Such problems will include problems of correct interpretation of the religious text, problems in deciding which text to choose, the veracity of the text. Also, you will need to consider the implications of your policy for other related ethical issues.
The Social Contract Badge
Apply social contract theory to the issue of whether we should continue to use the electoral college to elect presidents or alter the system to use the popular vote.
One of the key issues in social contract theory is the nature of the consent of the participants to the contract. With regard to our current system of government a unique feature of electing public officials is that we do not elect the president by popular vote but by the electoral college system.
The Virtue Ethics Badge
The "Be The Ethicist" Badge
Take the "be the ethicist" quiz and report on your results. PLEASE NOTE: This badge requires that you submit your first attempt only.
The "Do Something Badge
Sign up at the "Do Something" website linked below. Find an action or cause to participate in and "do something." Report on your actions.
The Ethical Perspective Badge
pick an ethical issue you feel strongly about and imagine that the belief you are currently holding about this issue is wrong. Then develop a scenario to explain how that could be true. This helps you to see the limitations of your own beliefs.
The Justification Badge
Think about a moral belief that you hold. Write it down and then provide a thorough justification for your belief. You should also provide reasons for your justifications as well. Make this process as thorough and deep as possible. Your justification should demonstrate an awareness of the relevant ethical theories we've discussed in the course.
The Morality Play Badge
Complete the Morality Play exercise and report on your Moral Parsimony Score.
The Personhood Badge
Answer the following question is as much detail as possible:
Imagine a space traveler who lands on an unknown planet and encounters a race of beings utterly unlike any he has ever seen or heard of. If he wants to be sure of behaving morally towards these beings, he has to somehow decide whether they are people, and hence have full moral rights, or whether they are the sort of things which he need not feel guilty about treating as, for example, a source of food.
How should he go about making this decision? Include in your response reference to specific ethical theories that you are using to justify your answer.
The "Take the Other to Lunch" Badge
Have an in depth conversation with someone you disagree with concerning a major ethical issue/ Ask each other the following questions:
1. Share some of your life experiences.
2. What issues deeply concern you?
3. What have you always wanted to ask someone from the "other side?" (meaning the other side of the issue or belief).
Report on your conversation and the answers you gave and received.
The Subjectivism Badge
watch this video in light of the concept of subjectivism. What problems arise for subjectivism as a result of the findings Dan Gilbert discusses? Do these problems have any implications for the subjectivist view that we are the ultimate (and accurate) decider of moral values for ourselves?
The Utilitarianism Badge
Pick an ethical issue that is important to your personal life or a major ethical issue (such as same sex marriage, euthanasia, capital punishment) and create a utilitarian policy for this issue. In your essay you should address the potential problems with this policy that may arise as a result of its being based on utilitarianism.