Epicurean Hedonism and/or Utilitarianism or Ethical Egoism and/or Social Contract Theory.

PHI 2604

3-page essay in MLA style, the argument in defense of stricter environmental protection using any of the Ethical Frameworks discussed including, Epicurean Hedonism and/or Utilitarianism or Ethical Egoism and/or Social Contract Theory. 

Instructions and Goal Setting: Writing A Brilliant Paper!

1) The Goal

Students will be able to formulate an argument in defense of stricter environmental protection using any of the Ethical Frameworks discussed including, Epicurean Hedonism and/or Utilitarianism or Ethical Egoism and/or Social Contract Theory. As this is a transferrable skill, students will learn how to think through any ethical issues, including personal ones, by utilizing any of these frameworks.

2) Tone

This is a formal research paper. You should only use first-person sentence constructions in your conclusion IF you are offering your own opinion supported by the research. Otherwise, the entire paper should be in the third person.

3) Who is your audience?

You are writing for an audience who has some knowledge of environmental concerns. Your paper is trying to show them through logical argumentation why environmental issues are an ethical concern and why you advocate for specific changes in lifestyle or policies.

4) The Basic Requirements

The paper must be a minimum of 3-pages (900 words). It should be in MLA style (please reference the style guide from the library) and include a minimum of two works cited. One of these can be one of our books (you can use both if you wish of course) and one outside source. You may use more sources, but not less. Your references must be peer-reviewed references and should not include works such as Sparknotes, Wikipedia, Collegegradesaver and such.

5) Schedule Planner

Students often leave their paper until the last moment. This not only compromises the quality of the work but also the personal gain and understanding that comes with allowing enough time for ideas to process. You are not a machine, but a human, and ideas take time to resonate. Use this graph to create a timeline and schedule so that you can monitor your own progress and keep on track.

TIMELINELibrary ResearchOutlineWorks Cited DraftPaper DraftFinal Paper Upload & printed copy
DUE DATE18TH October class time

6) Assistance

You may come to see me during office hours and if these are not convenient, then let me know what would be and I will try to accommodate your schedule. I will happily review a rough draft and give you tips.

7) Common Mistakes

It is easy to overlook small but important mistakes: the format of the paper, grammar, using proper sources, laying out your works cited and using in text citations for all works reviewed.

CriteriaExceeds (A)Meets (B)Approaches (C)Does Not Meet Requirements
MLA Format including Works Cited (formatting only)
A Descriptive Title
Shows a good understanding of the principle(s) of ethical frameworks used
Strong thesis argument utilizing the ethical framework to address an environmental issue
Strength of conclusion utilizing the ethical framework
Minimum Requirements for the Works Cited
Works Cited Minimum Achieved
In Text Citations Used as Necessary

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