Essay 3: Arguing the Golden Rule
Write 3-5 pages (double-spaced, properly formatted) by providing a philosophical analysis of the following thesis statement. Your essay will identify the concept as it relates to our study of ethics, explore the statement (as an argument), anticipate objections (to the thesis), and explain how the statement relates to the Golden Rule.
The essay should patiently “tease out” the meaning of the thesis statement in a compare/contrast format: Reflective Equilibrium on the one hand; and the complexity of the argument(s) on the other hand. Title: Golden Rule Ethics and Reflective Equilibrium.
“Working out a satisfactory position on a moral issue is a matter of getting the right balance or
equilibrium between relevant moral principles or theory, on the one hand, and what may be complex facts of the case, on the other.”
(Stephen Darwall, University of Michigan).
Preparation: Read and review Unit III, Chapter 7-9, pgs. 96-172.
Outline: Prepare an outline for the essay. You may use the suggested outline (below), or
modify the outline to suit your purpose and audience.
Objective: To critique the quotation or thesis as stated above. You may use this single, block quotation in the essay.
Method: Integrate the skills obtained in the course, including: summary, definition, explication, and argumentation.
Outline: Introductory paragraph: Begin by stating the author’s full name, title of the work, and relevant concepts.
I. A statement of the author’s thesis paraphrased in your own words.
A. The central idea statement/thesis explained in your own words.
B. A preview of points to be discussed in the current essay.
II. Identify the concept, and any special terms, including the concept for
explanation and argumentation.
A. The concept to be discussed.
B. The points that argue the concept.
C. The components of the argument: premise/conclusion
D. Incorporate a relevant thought experiment
III. The Argument
IV. Objections to the Argument
V. A careful restatement (as a summary) of the concept and its explanation.
VI. A careful identification of supporting points and objections to the concept.VII. Works Cited page.
Type of assignment: Academic paper writing
Type of assignment: Essay
Number of sources: 5
Academic level: Bachelor
Paper format: APA
Line spacing: Double
Language style: US English