Advice on writing papers
Link to the Syllabus
Revision Questions for Beyond Religion, part 1.
Revision Questions for Beyond Religion, part 2.
Optional Reading: The
Moral Instinct Steven Pinker reviews the case for supposing ethics
has a biological basis, and examines the implications. Useful guide for
the latest thinking on whether ethics can be grounded in a universal
Veritatis Splendor: Intro,
Chapter I, Chapter II
Splendor: Chapter III, Conclusion.
Further reading on
Veritatis Splendor (optional):
Theologians and Veritatis Splendor article by William May, provides
How Can We
Learn What Veritatis Splendor Has To Teach? article by Alasdair
MacIntyre, discussing Veritatis
Splendor from a philosophical perspective. You are not required
to read these, but they might help you to understand Veritatis Splendor better.
den Haag on Capital Punishment.
on Capital Punishment.
on Capital Punishment.
on Capital Punishmet.
Historical Roots of Our Ecological Crisis
For the next two articles, you will require your
FSU username and
East Help the West to Value Nature?
Can the East
help the West to value nature ?, Holmes Rolston. III, Philosophy East and West
a Buddhist Environmental Ethic
Vol.37 No.2 (April 1987) ,
Toward a Buddhist Environmental Ethic, Rita
M. Gross, Journal of the American Academy of Religion ,
Vol. 65, No. 2 (Summer, 1997), pp. 333-353
Symposium (read from 'I not only permit but exhort you to
speak the truth' to the end).
(Intro and The Story of the Ass and the Bull)
Papers are worth only 20% of the final grade: much more important are
Here is a link to sample questions
from previous quizzes. These sample questions should give you an idea
of the kind of thing I will ask about. It is possible that a couple of
the questions on the quiz will be taken from this list, because there
are only so many things you can ask about a book. Also, I do not want
the sample questions to be a list of things you don't need to know.
Revision List for Quiz 1
Ethics and the New
Religion: the difference.
including Shen-pen kyi sem, kun long, Shen dug ngal wa mi sö pa,
nyong mong, ‘skilful means and insight’, chi sem.
The Dalai Lama’s recommendations
on topics of war, religion and society and the environment, and his
The role of Natural
Law, including the meaning of ‘intrinsic moral evil’ and the actions
The concept of
phronesis (understanding of which is presupposed).
The relationship of Veritatis
Splendor to enlightenment thinking, particularly the discussion
true nature of autonomy, and the connection proposed by the Pope
freedom and truth.
The Pope’s criticisms
of Proportionalism and Consequentialism.
The place of the
encyclical in 20th Century Catholic thinking, including the
significance of Humanae Vitae.
reservation: what they mean, and associated problems.
Basic reasons for
preferring a policy of honesty (e.g. harm that comes from lying,
connection between meaning and truth).
Reasons that have been
proposed for telling lies in politics (the public good), medicine
patients) and social science (necessity for experiments), along with
to these reasons.
Different views of Montgomery and Fletcher on the role of Jesus
Relation between Situation Ethics and Utilitarianism
Definitions of 'Love', 'Justice' and relativity
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