Why practice moral values?

by | Jan 19, 2021 | College (1-2), Philosophy, Reflection Paper

The Further Reflection Essay #2 will answer this question: “Why practice moral values?”

The essay will be the student’s opportunity to show understanding of the philosophical concepts explored in the assigned readings and discussions. Please research and write about those moral theories which you understand most clearly. Research outside of the assigned textbook reading will be expected. Remember to avoid relativist conclusions.

Suggest Topics
Consider these topics to explore. Choose one or two to write about.

Define Aristotle’s Virtue Ethics. What is the value in moral habit?
Define the moral balance of Desire and Personal Authority. What is the relationship between Desire and Virtue?
Define the contribution of Feminist Ethics of Care to the philosophy dialogue. What is the virtue of personal relationships to ethical thinking?
Define the moral idea in Plato’s Euthyphro. What is the relationship between moral value and religion. According to Socrates, what is true Piety? How does this contrast with Euthyphro’s relativist definition of Piety?


This essay must be a thorough exploration of philosophy’s contribution to ethics and moral philosophy within the Western philosophical tradition. Each essay should be 5-6 pages of well-thought, thoroughly researched, argument and conclusion and follow proper MLA format. All research must be done through the Volunteer State Thigpen library. NO RANDOM INTERNET SOURCES WILL BE ACCEPTED.
Required sources:
Russ Shafer-Landau; The Fundamentals of Ethics. 4th Edition. Oxford University Press. ©2018 [ISBN: 978-0-19-063139-0]
Russ Shafer-Landau; The Ethical Life: Fundamental Readings in Ethics and Moral Problems. 4th Edition. Oxford University Press. ©2018 [ISBN: 978-0-19-063131-4]
Make sure to get the base information from the two required sources.
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This essay must be able to submit essays to the elearn.volstate.edu drop box for grading in PDF format. Each essay must follow the MLA standard of the Volunteer State Community College Humanities Department. The Instructor must be able to read the essay from the eLearn system. If the essay is not readable, the only grade possible is zero (0%). Any essays not in compliance with MLA format, or not submitted by the assignment deadline, will receive a grade of zero [0%]

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