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In a short essay of about three pages, apply virtue ethics to a real situation. You are strongly encouraged to use one of the ethical dilemmas you submitted at the beginning of the semester, as that will turn this assignment into a partial draft of your final paper. If you’re not sure how to write an application essay, please see these instructions.
You may wish to remind yourself of the required format.
Remember to avoid writing “I feel” unless you mean it.
Don’t forget to use citations but avoid quotations.
To help you with the citations, I’ve compiled all possible citations for this module’s readings. All you have to do is copy and paste the appropriate ones.
Common mechanical errors.
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Aristotle’s doctrine of the mean applies to virtues only. It is tempting to apply it to everything (How warmly should you dress? Well, warmly enough that you’re not cold but not so warmly that you’re hot) but that’s not how it works. To apply Aristotle’s approach to a situation, you first need to name the relevant virtue. You then should describe the excess and the defect. Remember that Aristotle thinks this is more or less common sense and that we typically have words that mean exactly these things.
Criteria Ratings Pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeMechanical
Mechanical (spelling, grammar, syntax, etc)
No mistakes that occlude meaning; any mistakes are minor and infrequent.
Some relatively serious or basic mistakes, but essay is generally intelligible.
Numerous mistakes that are either basic, or that interfere with the meaning, or both.
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeObjection
Viable objection raised.
Objection raised but easily answered, not logical, or based on a misunderstanding or uncharitable interpretation.
No objection raised.
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeExplanation of theory
Nuanced mastery of material that reflects careful reading and serious thought; uses all relevant readings and lectures, especially the more advanced ones (it is fine to ignore introductory readings and videos).
Solid grasp of basics and more important details; mistakes concerning more minor aspects; may have omitted a relevant source.
Evidence of understanding the basics of the theory but mistakes about important details. Presentation of material that even if correct is not used in the analysis. Used predominantly introductory material.
Student has not understood even the most basic aspects of the theory; much of the presentation is quotations or slight paraphrases. Used few sources and then only the introductory ones.
Student did something other than the assignment.
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeApplication
Thorough application of theory to dilemma; shows original thought. May exhibit appreciation for the complexity of the situation.
Missing at least one minor way that the theory might be applied. Some paraphrasing of examples given in the reading or videos (e.g., lecture talks about dogs; student writes largely the same point but about cats)
Application uses major aspects of theory but that’s all. Little or no original thought.
Application exhibits a lack of understanding of the material, either by incorrectly applying it or by doing little more than repeating the readings or lectures.
Student did something other than the assignment.
Total Points: 20.0
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