PHIL 338

End of Class Questions


June 24, 2013:  According to Professor Talbott, why did the authors of the Declaration of Independence claim that the truths were self-evident?

[Hint: In your answer use the term ‘Proof paradigm’ and say what it is a paradigm for.]


June 25, 2013:  Give an example to illustrate the difference between Nowheresville (where they don’t have the concept of a right to something) and our world (where we do have that concept)


June 27, 2013:  Give an example of a right (other than the right to freedom of expression) and use it to explain basic capability, internal capability, and combined capability.


July 1, 2013:  Why does Rawls favor a hypothetical consent theory of just governments over a historical (actual) consent theory? 


July 3, 2013:  Explain the Cultural Imperialism argument (by saying what its starting point is and what its conclusion is) and explain why it is incoherent (i.e., why the conclusion is inconsistent with the starting point).


July 8, 2013:  What is moral imperialism as the term is used in this course?


July 9, 2013:  What would be an “overlapping consensus” on a human rights norm?


July 12, 2013:  Why traditionally are women regarded as less valuable than men?


July 15, 2013:  Explain why the practice of footbinding in China was or the practice of female genital cutting in many traditional societies is a social equilibrium.


July 17, 2013:  Does the rationale of Lawrence v. Texas apply to laws against bestiality?  Explain.


July 19, 2013:  Use textual evidence to show that Burke was a paternalist. 


July 22, 2013:  What is the main idea of Rorty’s article?