De Anza College Ethic Philosophy & Cultural Anthropology Questions


Plagiarism of any kind will result in a grade of zero. This paper should be 2-4 pages. Use MLA guidelines. All references should be properly documented. Using MLA guidelines, properly document any references or ideas that are not your own. WARNING: DO NOT USE WIKIPEDIA IN ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM. WIKIPEDIA IS NOT A LEGITIMATE SOURCE. ANY USE OF WIKIPEDIA WILL RESULT IN A GRADE OF ZERO. USE ONLY TRUE PROFESSIONAL SOURCES. The purpose of this paper is for you to intellectually explore a topic, issue, problem, or figure relevant to our course material. The readings from our course should be the primary source that you utilize. Practice standards of good writing. Have a clear thesis. Devise evidence for your thesis. Make a sound, logically constructed argument. Proofread vigorously. Correct English grammar is expected.


(1) Consider virtue Ethics and its defense, as discussed in Chapter 3. The virtue ethicist argues adamantly against the types of moral-law theory advocated by figures such a Kant. Kants ethics is an extremely powerful theory, usually considered one of the most original and brilliant ethical theories ever devised. How might Kant defend himself against the types of issues raised against moral-law theory issued in chapter 3? (Hints: Think about the notions of autonomy and ethical independence discussed by both theories. How is Kant, as discussed in the text, not blindly asking us to simply follow a manual for right conduct or a simple decision procedure? Is Kants theory shallow in the ways that Virtue ethics typically suggests?)

(2) Consider the film Boomerang!, (1947) by Elia Kazan. How does this film argue in favor of Kantianism and radically against Utilitarianism? Consider the readings in our text. Use your own mind to formulate a response.(Hints: Think about Kants view of persons and the respect that we owe them as members of the moral community. Think of the accused man and the district attorney’s decision to defend him. What possible consequences might the district attorney face by defending the innocence of the accused? Why would Kant recommend such a defense? Why would Utilitarian recommend against such a defense.)

(3) Consider the film Detour (1945) by Edgar Ulmer. Is Al Roberts a victim of moral luck (–as described in chapter 9 of our text–)? Are the arguments for moral luck strong or weak? Is there any sense in which Moral Luck might be legitimate? How is it a threat to ethical theorizing in general? (Hint: Think about the notion of moral responsibility and the conditions that are typically required for full responsibility. Think of Als situation. How much is he to blame for his predicament?)

Link of Testbook will be provided. Please choose one topic out of the three above and write a three pages essay in MLA format.


Cultural Anthropology

The followings are short essays questions. Write at most 2 pages for each of them. If you are using sources, you must cite them and include a Reference Page.

Session Topic: Market Globalism and Justice Globalism

  1. Nike is known worldwide and its brand has gained great popularity as a commodity in the fashion and sports industries. With its global success, we have learned that Nike, as company and brand, has violated many peoples rights. Along with this, it has been part of environmental issues. Use the concepts of Market Globalism and Justice Globalism to explain how each of these ideologies are applied in Globalization and use advocacy

Session Topic: The Cultural Construction of Violent Conflict

  1. Gender roles appear to be interrelated with the level of violence in a society. Explain how they vary based on a societys level of violence.


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