De Anza College Virtue Ethics and Its Defense Discussion

(1) Consider virtue Ethics and its defense. The virtue ethicist argues adamantly against the types of “moral-law” theory advocated by figures such a Kant. Kant’s 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? (Hints: Think about the notions of ‘autonomy’ and ethical independence discussed by both theories. How is Kant not blindly asking us to simply “follow” a manual for right conduct or a simple decision procedure? Is Kant’s 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? Use your own mind to formulate a response.(Hints: Think about Kant’s 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” ? 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 Al’s situation. How much is he to “blame” for his predicament?)


Please choose one of three topics and write a 3 pages paper in MLA format. All references should be properly documented.DO NOT USE WIKIPEDIA IN ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM.USE ONLY TRUE PROFESSIONAL SOURCES.

Have a clear thesis. Devise evidence for your thesis. Make a sound, logically constructed argument. Proofread vigorously. Correct English grammar is expected.

You do not need to write it in highly professional point of views. I am just looking for general things, such as a correct understanding of the theories, correct application, etc. Contact me if you have any question.


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