Ethics | English homework help

Topic1

This week, we read about important philosophical perspectives as it concerns animals and the environment. Philosophers Christine Korsgaard and Bonnie Steinbock believe that animals do not share the same moral status as humans, though they are deserving of certain rights and considerations. Philosophers Peter Singer and Tom Regan believe that animals share the same moral status as human beings. Ecological feminists believe that no one is truly free, unless all beings are free, including non-human animals.

Two key perspectives in environmental ethics are anthropocentrism, meaning human-centered, and ecocentrism (or biocentrism), meaning nature-centered, where humans are seen as one part of the ecosystem. Two primary types of values associated with the environment are intrinsic (inherent worth) and instrumental (useful). For instance, some environmentalists believe that trees have intrinsic value, and as living things, deserve to be protected. Others view trees as having value because they are useful in some way. This activity aligns with module outcomes 1, 2 and 4.

Discussion Question

Prepare for your discussion by completing your readings and viewings. Then respond to the following:

Which of the positions described above best represents your own and why? What constitutes freedom for non-human animals, specifically? For example, do zoos and circuses hold the same moral weight? Are hunting and meat-eating morally equivalent? How might your approach to animal rights reflect an anthropocentric or ecocentric viewpoint toward nature, in general, and why?

Provide at least one facebook or SNS link that best represents an environmental or animal rights issue.  Share a synopsis of the information from your chosen site.

Topic 2 

Now that we have covered a wide range of theories and philosophers, you have a final opportunity to put your knowledge into practice in this class and discuss your values with your classmates. How do you connect what you learned in this course with concrete actions you can take in the world? How might you comfortably analyze a popular video, equipped with the ethical knowledge you have learned in the last eight weeks? This activity aligns with module outcomes 1 and 2.

Discussion Question

Prepare for your discussion by completing your readings and viewings. Then respond to the following:

Choose an ethical issue that you believe requires immediate global action (slavery, hunger, etc.), and explain why you chose this topic. Please share three specific, practical ways the average citizen can contribute to a solution.

Is this an issue for which you might either sign a petition or create one? You can visit a site, such as change.org or an alternate site, to locate a list of featured, popular or recent petitions. Share with the class a link to this petition

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