the morality between killing and letting die
“For the essay, you will choose an issue/question and compose an essay which (1) demonstrates your sustained research into the philosophical literature surrounding the question and (2) articulates your own position by way of sound, clear argument.
A few notes:
Use the articles weâ€™ve read as a starting point and then find at least four to five other sources, preferably essays/articles from no earlier than 2015.
Your essay should establish the current debate that surrounds the issue youâ€™ve chosen.
Your position need not be original through and throughâ€”so to say you may make use of otherâ€™s philosophersâ€™ positions so long as you cite their works when appropriate.
Your essay must include an objection to your position and a response.
The structure of your essay is up to you although every essay must have (1) an introduction with a clear thesis statement, (2) body paragraphs which prove insightful topic sentences by way of textual analysis, (3) a conclusion paragraph. Furthermore, essays must be thoroughly proofread.
a minimum of 7 pages will be needed for a thorough and thoughtful essay.
TEXT: Bioethics: An Anthology, Third Edition. Edited by Kuhse, Schuklenk&Singer. Wiley-Blackwell, 2015 (978-1-118-94152-2)
Readings in class:
The morality of killing: A Traditional View
Active and Passive Euthanasia
Is Killing No Worse Than Letting Die
Why Killing is Not Always Worse – and Sometimes Better – Than Letting Die
Relevant video clips:
VICE on HBO: Right to Die
Peter Singer Interview on Euthanasia, Suicide and the Right to Die