Discussion: Constructing Arguments Practice After reviewing the “Using Ethical T

Discussion: Constructing Arguments Practice
After reviewing the “Using Ethical Theories in Arguments” Lecture, (link in this module) please respond to the following prompt:
1. Paper #1 must be about an ethical subject – which means the conclusion of your argument should say either “Some action X is morally right” or “Some action X is morally wrong.” Those are the ONLY two conclusions that will work. Your paper evaluates the argument – so be SURE that the conclusion is one of the two above. ASK if you are not sure. 2. Your paper can be about any topic in applied ethics EXCEPT for topics that are covered in the second half of the course – so please do NOT propose papers (for paper #1) on animal rights, abortion, lifeboat/trolley problems, pandemic policies (there is some room here), self-driving cars, or euthanasia/assisted suicide). If you are not sure, check with your professor (!!).
3. In this discussion post, try to create a valid modus ponens or modus tollens argument. It MUST contain an ethical theory that you will apply to your case (this will be in premise one). Email a version of it early so that your professor can respond, make suggestions, etc.
**Remember the steps to making your formal argument: choose your action based on the ethical issue
choose your moral conclusion (morally right, or wrong, or permissible, or obligatory, etc)
choose the ethical principle guiding the judgement: at this point, you should only be using the ethical principles for Utilitarianism (total net happiness) or Kant’s deontology (treating individuals as both means and ends [respect]) or Virtue theory (promoting virtue). combine the elements of your argument into modus ponens or modrm