Identify a philosopher of ethics and corresponding philosophical texts that apply to a situation or concern in the contemporary world. The philosopher about whom you write must have been covered by this course or from the list below. (All are found in the Ethics: The Essential Wittings by Gordon Marino)

  • Plato
  • Aristotle
  • Epictetus
  • St. Augustine
  • St. Thomas Aquinas
  • Thomas Hobbes
  • David Hume
  • Immanuel Kant
  • John Stuart Mill
  • Arthur Schopenhauer
  • Fredrich Nietzsche
  • Soren Kierkegaard
  • Ruth Benedict
  • Mary Midgley
  • Jean-Paul Sartre
  • Philip Hallie
  • Aldo Leopold
  • Alasdair Macintyre
  1. identifying the essential points of the philosopher’s work, including the historical context and its relation to dilemmas, decision making, and consequences;
  2. describing how these philosophical ideas relate to a contemporary ethical issue;
  3. and explaining what the philosopher would say were an individual’s responsibilities as a citizen of a modern, diverse (intercultural) community.