an Ethical Theory
read these assignment instructions before writing your paper, and
re-read them often during and after the writing process to make sure
that you are fulfilling all of the instructions.Overview
following short essay assignment is designed to help prepare you for
an important part of the Final Paper. In this essay, you will do the
either utilitarian or deontological ethical theory to apply to the
the core principles of that theory.
how the principles of the theory support a certain position on that
a relevant objection to the theory on the basis of that argument.
a five paragraph essay that conforms to the requirements below. The
paper must be 600 to 900 words in length (excluding title and
reference pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in
the Ashford Writing Center. The paragraphs of your essay should
conform to the following guidelines:
introduction should be one paragraph, no more than 120 words. This
should clearly delimit the ethical problem or question under
consideration, and define the essential issues. You may build upon
the problem you raised in the Week One Assignment, or you may choose
a different topic, but it must be from the list of acceptable
topics. The last sentence of the introduction should briefly
summarize the conclusion or position on this issue that you think is
best supported by this theory, and succinctly state what the
objection will be. Remember that your essay will not be concerned
with your own position on this issue, but what someone defending the
chosen theory would conclude.
paragraph in the body should start with a topic sentence that
clearly identifies the main idea of the paragraph. Each paragraph
should have at least four sentences.
should be approximately 150 to 200 words explaining the core
principles or features of the deontological or utilitarian theory
and the general account of moral behavior it provides.
should be approximately 150 to 200 words, and should address how
the principles or features of the deontological or utilitarian
theory apply to the problem or question under consideration and
identify the specific moral conclusion that results from that
should be approximately 150 to 200 words raising a relevant
objection to the argument expressed in part "b." A
relevant objection is one that exposes a weakness in the theory as
it applies to your problem, and so you should explain how it brings
out this weakness.
that this does not necessarily mean that the objection succeeds,
or that the conclusion the theory supports is wrong. It may be an
obstacle that any adequate defense of the conclusion would have to
overcome, and it may be the case that the theory has the resources
to overcome that obstacle. Your task here is simply to raise the
objection or present the “obstacle”.
conclusion should be one paragraph, no more than 150 words. The
conclusion should very briefly summarize the main points of your
essay and must contain a paraphrased restatement of your thesis.
must use at least two resources to support your claims.
least one of the resources should be one of the Required or
Recommended resources that directly represent the theory you have
chosen, and must be drawn from the list
of acceptable resources.
other source should pertain to the particular issue you are writing
about, and should be drawn from the Required or Recommended readings
in the course, or found in the Ashford Library.
are encouraged to use additional resources, so long as at least two
conform to the requirements above.
textbook does not count toward satisfying the resources requirement.
count toward satisfying the requirement, resources must be cited
within the body of your paper and on the reference page and
formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing