In this assignment, we will work with the interaction of ethics and fiction. Stories, plays, moviesâ€”all these can raise important questions and stimulate potentially productive questions about ethics in our lives. And in light of the thinkers weâ€™re reading and discussing, Iâ€™d like you to write a three-page paper discussing a story youâ€™ve selectedâ€”either from the ones I suggest or ones youâ€™ve experienced previouslyâ€”in light of the ethical principles and thinkers weâ€™ve reviewed in class. Weâ€™ve already talked about some of these fictional connections with ethicsâ€”Blade Runner, Huckleberry Finn, Harrison Bergeron, The Grand Inquisitorâ€”and Iâ€™ll discuss and make available many others for your consideration in the coming weeks.
Weâ€™re moving this assignment back from 26 February to Wednesday, 4 March. For example, you may select one “short story” from the list supplied under Learning Materials for this assignment, or you may pick a story or movie you’re interested in. In three pages, you could discuss how one or two central ethical issues are portrayed in the fiction, then discuss how you might advise the writer or a character of some productive ways to think and act in ethical terms. Keep in mind the thinkers and ethical approaches we’ve studied and discussed in PHIL101. Your personal opinion is valuable, but especially as that opinion is developed and supported by one or more of the ethical approaches we’ve considered.
Remember, this is not a research paper, although you are most welcome to include outside opinions if youâ€™d like. As usual, I’d be delighted to discuss possibilities with each of you in the coming weeks, and I’ll gladly review drafts or “works in progress” before final submission.
Remember, this assignment is a chance for you to grow through thinking deeply in writing about ethics in our lives. I’ll look forward to reading, enjoying, and learning from some very interesting essays.
Hemingway, â€œHills Like While Elephantsâ€https://www.gvsd.org/cms/lib/PA01001045/Centricity/Domain/765/HillsPDFText.pdf
Faulkner, â€œThe Bearâ€
Camus, â€œThe Guestâ€
Frank Stockton, â€œThe Lady or the Tiger?â€
Ursula LeGuin, â€œThe Ones Who Walk Away from Omelasâ€
George Orwell, â€œShooting an Elephantâ€
William Carlos Williams, â€œThe Use of Forceâ€
Susan Glaspell, â€œA Jury of Her Peersâ€ (others) or
Hernando Tellez, â€œJust Lather, Thatâ€™s Allâ€
Kurt Vonnegut, â€œHarrison Bergeronâ€
Mark Twain, â€œWas It Heaven? Or Hell?â€
O. Henry, â€œA Retrieved Reformationâ€
Ambrose Bierce, â€œThe Coup de Graceâ€
Richard Matheson, â€œButton Buttonâ€