Spring 2017 Final Essay Questions

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Final Essays

Topic Assignment

  • For each of your two final essays, please write a two page typed, double spaced, 12 font answer. Your answer should demonstrate excellence in writing, use of content, logic, and insight. The first essay topic is stipulated, but you may choose from a list of three topics for the second one.
  • 1st topic: What are the moral advantages and disadvantages of globalism (use global institutions and multilateral agreements to solve some problems)? Identify some particular examples of problems that seem to require global solutions and give your own brief analysis of one of them.
  • 2nd topic: Choose one of the following:
  • A. Does Haidt's moral foundations theory have insights for how we should think about moral and political difference and engagement? Identify both positive practical implications and limits to using the theory to guide your approach to morals and politics.
  • B. Brief explain a Rawlsian approach to justice and then show how the theory might be applied to thinking about the ethics of climate change.
  • C. How does intuition (the elephant) and our groupishness complicate the problem of ethics? Should we rely less on these psychological dynamics and more on abstract rules and reason to guide our ethics? Consider examples.

Assignment Instructions

  • Prepare your essays in a single .docx file or .pdf. Find your animal name for this assignment (see below) and put your animal name in the file. Please identify the essay topic at the start of your answer. The two essays together should not exceed four pages. Upload the file to the "Final Essays" dropbox by midnight, May 9th.

St. Agatha whale

St. Amand kiwi

St. Ansgar dolphin

St. Anthony Claret seal

St. Augustine of Canterbury caterpillar

St. Augustine of Hippo rhinoceros

St. Bede the Venerable swan

St. Bernardine of Siena lark

St. Bridget starling

St. Caerealis seahorse

St. Candidus falcon

St. Canute jellyfish

St. Casimir jaguar

St. Catherine of Alexandria zebra

St. Catherine of Siena badger

St. Clare of Assisi caribou

St. Columba walrus

St. Cyprian anaconda

St. David of Wales bluejay

St. Dismas porpoise

St. Dominic Savio ostrichowl

St. Dorothy mantis

St. Dunstan gull

St. Francis Borgia iguana

St. Francis Xavier hound

St. Gertrude the Great bear

St. Gregory the Great hedgehog

St. Isidore of Seville dove

St. Jerome pelican

St. John Baptist de la Salle hornet

St. John Bosco giraffe

St. John of Capistrano nightingale

St. John of Nepomuk dragonfly

St. John the Apostle raven

St. John the Baptist viper

St. Joseph of Cupertino finch

St. Kassia ferret

St. Lucy koala

St. Luke reindeer

St. Martin de Porres butterfly

St. Neot robin

St. Nicholas von Flue manatee

St. Olga of Kiev bison

St. Osyth ibis

St. Patrick kangaroo

St. Peregrine Laziosi hummingbird

St. Peter Chanel coyote

St. Peter Julian Eymard tardigrade

St. Peter the Aleut rattlesnake

St. Polycarp scorpion

St. Quintian otter

St. Raymond of Penafort chipmunk

St. Rose of Lima octopus

St. Stephen penguin

St. Tathan elk

St. Thomas Aquinas tarsier

St. Thomas the Apostle wolverine

St. Urbicius ocelot

St. Vincent Ferrer yak

St. Vitus antelope

St. Wenceslaus hare

St. Werburgh albatross

St. Zita turtle