INSTRUCTIONS: This assignment consists of a single short essay question. The main intent of this question is to ensure that you have a sound grasp of the fundamentals of the material presented in this unit. To that end, there is a 3 to 4 page (1000 words) limit for this question. I’m not so concerned with whether you agree with a particular author or not. The quality of your answer is based on your exposition of the competing positions, your comparative analysis of those positions and, lastly, your argument in support of the position you defend.
As with all the assignments in this course, the short essay question is not designed to be a “research” question. There is no requirement to get material from external sources such as other authors, or reference websites, who have summarized, or criticized, the authors you are dealing with. In effect, including such material defeats your purpose in completing your essay because you are essentially telling me what some other person thought about the material you should be explaining and assessing. If you make reference to sources external to the course readings it will be detrimental to your mark. In some cases, I may ask you to re-work and submit your assignment. The point of your essay is to formulate the course material and develop your critical response. You can do this by working with the course material and developing your own ideas about the issue. The essay is simply your opportunity to set that out in paper.
So, the material you need to successfully complete this assignment can be found in the online course materials available through the course site. There may also be some reading material that is part of the hard copy course readings package. You can find this information on the course materials section of our course website.
The total possible mark for this assignment is 100 marks.
Short Essay Question: (100 marks) Making reference to our course readings, provide a concise formulation of Utilitarianism. In particular, explain the distinction between Bentham’s and Mill’s formulations of it. Making reference to the course readings, provide a concise formulation of Kant’s deontological ethics. In particular, explain the role of the Categorical Imperative in Kantian ethics. In light of the criticisms offered of both accounts from the course readings, which account is more plausible? Provide an argument in support of your conclusion.
For more information on Formulation of Utilitarianism read this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utilitarianism#
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