Writing Assignments – General Guidelines:
Written responses are to be not less than 250 qualified words (excluding titles and citation – if any). Many more words will almost certainly be useful in demonstrating a mastery of understanding of the assignments. Students are encouraged not to rely upon resources, but to use their own words to better demonstrate understanding of the material. Remember, as well, please, that the Writing Assignment prompts / directions are the assignment to be addressed, not just recommendations. Academic/professional writing should be double spaced, cited if appropriate, well-reasoned (no formal nor informal fallacies) and almost entirely error free. Please allow yourself plenty of time to critically consider and develop your arguments.
Directions for Writing Assignment #2: Utilitarianism and Argument Regarding A Critique:
1) Identify this assignment page and download it
2) Be sure that you fully the concepts to be addressed and exactly what is being asked of you
3) Formulate your response in this document in the section titled “Begin Your Response Here”
4) Save your new document once complete
5) Open the assignment folder, attach your document, and submit it by the deadline.
Multiple submissions are allowed, but only the one that is most recent at the time of assessment will be considered.
In the section below titled “Begin Your Response Here,” address the following:
Component 1: Explain what utilitarianism is including the difference between act (classical) and rule utilitarianism. What are some of the objections that have been presented in our text and in class concerning this tradition? Please do not just list these without also providing an explanation in your own words.
Component 2: Identify one of the critiques of utilitarianism and provide a well-reasoned argument about whether the critique is legitimate. Build an original argument either defending utilitarianism against the critique or defending the critique. The argument should demonstrate original thought. Remember that an argument requires a conclusion and several clear and relevant claims of support for the conclusion.
Begin Your Response Here:
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