Consider a policy that governs or shapes some aspect of community life within LA (e.g., neighborhood oil drilling, healthcare, housing, or labor policy), and
identify the ways this policy affects a community or subcommunity within LA. Apply one of the moral theories that we have examined over the course of the
semester (Plato’s theory of justice, Aristotle’s virtue ethics, utilitarianism, Kantian ethics, etc.) and determine the moral value of the policy–in doing so, explain
the basic elements of the theory which you apply, identify the relevant material details of the case, and evaluate the policy in light of these considerations.
Does the policy adequately respond to the needs of the community, and if not, what do you think ought to be done?
Identify and explain what you take to be the most powerful objection or counter-argument to the position you have developed. Explain how you think the
objection can be responded to.
Your essay should be around four pages, double-spaced, in twelve-point font, with 1″ margins. In the paper, your aim should be to develop a position by
explaining the details of a situation and constructing arguments that could convince a reasonable interlocutor who isn’t knowledgeable of the subject matter.
That means your paper should both provide context for understanding the theory discussed, and you should clearly detail the reasoning process by which
you arrive at your conclusions. For additional guidance in planning and developing your paper, see: http://www.jimpryor.net/teaching/guidelines/writing.html,
and feel free to contact me with questions. You may use either MLA or APA formatting, and you should cite any relevant article or text in developing your
For additional scholarly research and explanation, the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy is an excellent starting point: https://plato.stanford.edu/…