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Required Reading: Kantianism
Required Reading: Introduction to Deontology
Required Reading: The Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals by Immanuel Kant
In 500 words or more (no less), create a maxim and evaluate it via the three formulations of the Categorical Imperative. Your maxim should only involve moral questions [i.e. “Stealing is always wrong”, but not “Doing jumping jacks is always wrong”]. The moral question should be general enough to apply to first principles and should involve no circumstantial qualifiers [i.e. “Stealing is always wrong”, not “If I am not hungry or chasing a bad guy or when no one is looking, stealing is always wrong”]. You may use examples, but you will still need to include a full scholarly definition of each, with commentary. You may use any scholarly source other than a dictionary, to include online video lectures. You may use Wikipedia as a starting point, but be aware that Wikipedia is not a scholarly source and therefore can never be quoted in your paper or counted as 1 of your 5 bibliographic citations. You will need to include inline citations in your essay (last name, date, pg#) and must still cite any sources beyond the five required that you use to write your paper in the references section of your essay. If you include an inline citation, there must be a corresponding entry in the reference list or bibliography. You can find tools and examples of APA citation formats at the Purdue University Online Writing Lab.
You are required to submit a separate annotated bibliography. Using the resource center and the scholarly research tools I listed in the course introduction, for your research. With that information, create an annotated bibliography with 5 sources related to the ethical theory of the week.
Start with Wikipedia: you aren’t allowed to use this as one of your bibliographic references, but it is written from a perspective that is sometimes easier to understand. It can also introduce you to philosophical terms that might not make much sense without some explanation.
Next, visit the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy: you can and should use this as your first bibliographic reference nearly every week. The IEP is more precise and technical than Wikipedia, but still fairly easy to read if you have some background information.
Next, visit the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: again, this should be on nearly every bibliography. The SEP is written specifically for philosophers, so it assumes that you are already versed in the technical language of the discipline and know what you are looking for. By this point in your research, you should be able to navigate this fairly easily.