Morality and Ethics Essay Topic

Guidelines “ This essay will refer directly to at least one author’s argument and will use quotations and/or direct

references to the article itself at least twice. Write paper without using phrases like œI think¦

It should be double-spaced, with normal page margins (about 300-350 words per page), and a good essay will

most likely be at least 4 pages in length and contain a minimum of 5 paragraphs. Number all pages and

underline your thesis statement. Use at least one source, but should attempt to use two.

Topic “ Reflect on your own sense of morality and ethics and write an essay that responds in some way to any

of the essays we have read so far. Construct a thesis statement and essay that answers one of the following:

1. How do we define right and wrong? What are some of the sources from which we get our

morality/ethics? Is there a universal set of morals, values, or ethics that nearly everyone follows?

2. Is it always necessary to be honest or play by the rules? Can we sometimes justify cheating?

3. Is torture ever justifiable? Can there really be such a thing as œthe laws of war? If so, who is required to

follow these laws and is it ever okay to break them?

Possible Sources:

œThe Rules About the Rules pg. 178

œA Whole Lot of Cheatin’ Going On pg. 198

œWhatever It Takes pg. 252

œWith ˜All Necessary and Appropriate Force’ pg. 275

œThe Truth About Lying [Handout]

The Invention of Lying [movie