Approximately 1200-1800 words, 4-6 pages. A word count should appear on the
first page. It must be typed, double-spaced, with 12-point font. In a paper of this
length, there is no room for "fluff"! Check with me if you have any questions.
A paper of this length should be entirely in your own words (that means avoid direct
quotes unless they are absolutely necessary).
Please write on one of the following
1. Briefly describe the theory of cultural ethical
relativism based upon your reading of Rachels and Sumner (and our class discussions).
Evaluate one major problem a proponent of ethical relativism faces. (In other words,
describe an objection to the theory and discuss any reasonable responses a proponent of
the theory could make.) Also, explain why Sumner thinks we can never say
that any societys code is morally superior to any others. Why does he think
this? Do you agree? Why or why not? (Note, the major problem you pick should differ from
this one just raised). In your paper, be sure to state your own position clearly. Your
thesis statements should appear in the first paragraph of your paper. Your paper might
include a case study of a contemporary moral problem (how the US should deal with other
countries, the case of Fauziya Kassindja, or your own example) in order to highlight or
emphasize your points.
Rachels claim that morality and religion are different. Does this mean he thinks
religious viewpoints are false? Is his viewpoint one a religious believer could maintain?
In your answer, examine a contemporary moral problem in order to show how Rachels would
respond and then compare his stance to someone who holds either a divine command
perspective or a natural law perspective. In your paper, be sure to state your own
position clearly. Your thesis statements should appear in the first paragraph of your
the arguments for and against Robert Latimers murder of his daughter Tracy Latimer.
In your answer be sure to examine the benefits argument in detail (explain its connection
to utilitarianism as outlined in the Right Thing to Do) and at least 2 arguments
against Robert Latimers actions. This paper will require you to do some research
about this case in order to better formulate your own position. In your paper, be sure to
state your own position clearly. Your thesis statements should appear in the first
paragraph of your paper.