Philosophy of Technology

Respond to the items below.

  • Define the following: a right, a legal right, a moral right, a human right. How are they related?
  • What three (3) features define a moral right?
  • How do we know that people have rights? What is the basis of the moral rights according to a utilitarian view? According to Immanuel Kant?
  • Fully discuss the idea that human beings have a “natural right” to liberty and a “natural right” to private property, as claimed by John Locke (1632-1704).

Assignment 8

Respond to the items below.

  • What is traditional utilitarianism? With traditional utilitarianism, how do you determine what the moral thing to do on any particular occasion might be? Include mention of the four (4) considerations to determine what the moral thing to do on any particular occasion might be.
  • Why is utilitarianism attractive to many? Discuss three (3) reasons.
  • What is the ecological ethic?
  • How does utilitarianism support the ecological ethic?
  • Access the following article using Ashworth College’s ProQuest library resources:

Anthony, R. (2012). Building a Sustainable Future for Animal Agriculture: An Environmental Virtue Ethic of Care Approach within the Philosophy of Technology. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, 25.2, 123-144, After reading this article, discuss the following:

  • How has the dominant philosophy of technology seeded particular ethical consequences that plague the well-being of human beings, the planet, and farm animals?
  • Do you agree with the author that we should accord an environmental virtue ethic of care–understood as caretaking? Why or why not? Provide at least two supporting reasons.

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