University of Pittsburgh, Fall Term 1998
Ben Eggleston, Instructor
Philosophy 0300—CRN 35193: Introduction to Ethics
mailbox: CL 1001—office: CL 1428E
Thursdays, 5:45 p.m. to 8:10 p.m., in CL 142
office hours: Tuesdays, 5:15–6:15, and Thursdays,
Paper Assignment no. 1
Choose one of the following topics (or think of another topic and get
me to approve it) and respond to it in a paper of about 4 pages. Your paper
should make ample use of the relevant text, not only representing the author’s
views accurately, but also citing and interpreting specific passages where
appropriate. It should also go into as much depth and detail as a paper
of this length can. Finally, your paper should conform to the instructions
provided in “Guidelines for Writing a Philosophy Paper.” It will be due
at the beginning of class on October 1.
- In Locke’s view, moral guidance is to be obtained by consulting natural
law. Select the aspect of Locke’s conception of natural law that you find
most objectionable and discuss it. Begin by explaining Locke’s position
and the reasons that Locke gives in support of it. Then, explain why you
find Locke’s position objectionable.
- Among Locke’s main concerns in the Second Treatise is to indicate
when it is permissible for a people to discard its current government and
to set up another one in its place. Suppose for a moment that the U.S.
lacked an impeachment procedure and that the only way to remove a sitting
president from the presidency were to have a revolution of some kind. Suppose
further that the American people were inclined to remove President Clinton
from office. In Locke’s view, would the American people now be justified
in doing so?