Ethics Discussion Questions

  
Ethics-Discussion 1
Debate It: From the e-Activity, which discusses hypocrisy and the essay “The Ring of Gyges” Take a position for or against this statement (paraphrased from Plato’s, “The Ring of Gyges”: People behave morally and refrain from criminal behavior because they fear punishment. Provide reasons and examples to support your view.
Debate It: Take a position for or against this statement (based on Hobbes’ essay “The State of Men without Civil Society”): “We do not … by nature seek society for its own sake, but that we may receive some honor or profit from it.” Provide reasons and examples to support your view.  

  
Ethics-Discussion 2
Review the philosophical arguments put forth by Hume and Rachels. Then, discuss at least two arguments (one from each author) with which you agree or disagree. Provide reasons and examples to support your view.

Review McGinn’s short list and explanations of virtues (kindness, honesty, justice, Independence) in “Why Not Be a Bad Person.” Propose which of them that you would remove from the list and recommend at least two virtues you would add. Provide reasons and examples to support your view.