Norcross argues for the immorality of purchasing and consuming factory-raised meat. Would his reasoning also lead to the conclusion that some other common human uses of animals is morally wrong?

Essay Questions (answer 3 of the following 7)

1. Norcross argues for the immorality of purchasing and consuming factory-raised meat. Would his reasoning also lead to the conclusion that some other common human uses of animals is morally wrong? Why or why not? Explain and defend your answer against two possible objections.

2. Identify two moral dilemmas that are raised in the documentary movie Rise of Drones (PBS NOVA). Discuss both the benefits and harms that are created along drone technology. Take a position on one of the two moral dilemmas that you identify and defend it against two possible objections. Explain and give examples.

3. What does it mean, according to McMahan, for an action to be subjectively justified? Apart from the cases discussed in the reading, identify an example of a scenario in which an individual’s action might be subjectively justified even if it is not objectively justified.

4. How does Dershowitz respond to the contention that a system of court-authorized torture would create a dangerous precedent for torturing terror suspects that does not exist when torture is performed on an “off-the-books” basis? State his argument in your own words.

5. Under what conditions might Singer think that the human use of nonhuman animals for scientific experimentation might be morally justified? Identify a type of experiment on animals that would not violate the principle of equality and compare that hypothetical experiment to the experiments he describes. Defend your answer against two possible objections.

6. According to Eaton, what levels of cause and effect operate in the harm hypothesis, what variables operate at each level, and what kinds of harms could potentially be caused by pornography? Explain and give examples. Conclude your essay by explaining what kinds of studies should be carried out to test the harm hypothesis and why?

7. Why, according to Garcia, is individual racism more explanatorily powerful and fundamental than institutional racism? How does Garcia explain the racism of southern white aristocrats and Kiplingesque paternalists? And finally, How might someone who thinks racism is fundamentally institutional rather than individual respond to Garcia’s arguments for his account of racism?

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