Answer questions about moral sense

– Write around 100 words for each questions.

WEEK 6: The Moral Sense Chapter 6 “The Social Animal”
From The Descent Of Man Charles Darwin
Robert Richards Lecture On Darwinian Moral Theory (Video Supplement)
Feral Children (In-Class Film)
Weekly Questions (about 100 words apiece)
1. Discuss Darwin’s ideas about intelligence and the broadening of hard-wired “moral instincts.”
2. Applying Darwin’s theory, tell whether an ant can have any sort of moral sense.
3. Do cases of feral children argue for or against the idea that humans are innately sociable? Explain.
4. Do cases of feral children prove that humans are inherently “base animals just barely socialized?” Why or why not?
5. Briefly discuss Richards’ theory that Darwin was more Deist than atheist.

WEEK 7: The Moral Sense Chapter 7 “Families”
MLA Format
“Morality And The Emotional Brain”
Weekly Questions (about 100 words apiece)
Wilson’s view of the family is obviously limited to the “traditional”—address the following questions:
1. Can gay and lesbian couples with children do as good a job with family living as man/woman couples with children? Explain.
2. Can unmarried couples do as good a job with family living as married couples with children? Explain.
3. Can single parents and “nontraditional” familes do as good a job with family living as “traditional” husband/wife families? Explain. (Note: these are not loaded questions. You will receive full points for answering either way.)
4. In your opinion, which is worse, “rule-obsessed” parents or “laissez-faire” parents?
5. To what degree do you agree or disagree with Nichol’s theory in the video supplement? Explain.

WEEK 9: The Moral Sense Chapter 9 “The Universal Aspiration”
Weekly Questions (about 100 words apiece)
Kant’s Ethics
Rejecting Moral Relativism Michael W. Austin
Kant On Metaphysical Knowledge (Video Supplement)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZtQXteAE-w
1.Discuss how Kant unites and rationalist and empiricists notions of morality in his Critique of Pure Reason.
2.Discuss Kant’s rather complicated idea of duty: i.e. what duty is by Kant’s definition and the difference between simply doing something because one is told it is duty and actually feeling a sense of duty.
3.Define and discuss Kant’s categorical imperative.
4.Compare Kant’s idea of the categorical imperative with the notion of “do unto others as you would have done unto you.”
5.Briefly discuss the difference between a priori and empirical knowledge, according to Kant, as detailed in the video.

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