PHIL 202 Upper Iowa University Euthanasia as A Major Ethical Issue Essay Draft

Your Final Assessment Essay will be a substantial product of 1000-1250 words. This initial draft is the starting point. The main purpose of this task is for you to get your ideas on paper. I will provide feedback to help you flesh out your draft into your final essay, due Week 8.

Task for this draft:

  • Choose an ethical issue to discuss. Briefly introduce the issue.
  • Apply the three main normative ethical theories to the issue. Briefly explain each theory and apply each theory to the issue.
  • Would the theories agree or disagree on the issue? Explain.
  • What is your view on the ethics of the issue? Explain.
  • Draft should be 200-500 words.

  • Ethical issues
  • Here is a list of issues. Not every ethical issue is covered here, so if you think of something else feel free to explore it. Some issues here we will have discussion questions and essays over.
    • abortion
    • euthanasia
    • biotech
    • human cloning
    • stem-cell research
    • sexual morality
    • same-sex marriage
    • extramarital sex
    • pornography
    • prostitution
    • equality / discrimination
    • economic justice / economic inequality
    • punishment
    • death penalty
    • environmental ethics
    • climate change
    • pollution and depletion
    • animal ethics
    • violence and war
    • torture
    • terrorism
    • global justice / globalization
    • immigration
    • legalizing marijuana
    • online gambling
    • religious freedom
    • healthcare
    • war on drugs

    Normative ethical theories

    • Utilitarian ethics
    • Duty-based ethics
    • Virtue ethics


    • Try to sustain an argument to prove your case.
    • Make sure that all technical philosophical terms from the reading are clearly defined.
    • Grammar and spelling will make up at least 10% of the value of the grade given.
    • Use your own words as much as possible.
    • If you copy directly from any text, you must cite your source and the page number. Long quotes (25 words or more) should be avoided.
    • No more than 10% of any assignment should be direct quotes.
    • Use structure guidelines as laid out in the video above.
    • Refer to the general Guidelines on Good Essays under General Course Content.
    • The paper must be submitted to the appropriate assignment submission folder as an attachment in Word (or Word-compatible) format.

Prof. Angela


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