I’m working on a Management question and need guidance to help me study.
Select a claim (opinion) you feel very strongly about and write a short essay (2-3 pages) explaining what you take to be the best reasons for that claim. The claim can be on any topic.
- “I support the right to bear arms.”
- “Pepsi is better than Coca Cola.”
- “Stem cell research is morally wrong.”
- “Consumption of junk food leads to obesity.”
Find an example from the news (magazine, television, internet article) of a zealot (political, religious, ideological or other) attempting to win converts to their fervently held beliefs. Write a short essay (1-2 pages) about this speaker describing the speech and its context in detail and assessing it critically in light of what you have learned about rational acceptability. Include a discussion of the dangers of uncritical acceptance of these speaker’s messages.
Consider the passage below, from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.
“I can’t believe that!” said Alice.
“Can’t you?” the Queen said in a pitying tone. “Try again: draw a long breath, and shut your eyes.”
Alice laughed. “There’s no use trying,” she said: “one can’t believe impossible things.”
“I dare say you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes, I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
Write a discussion of Alice’s refusal to believe impossible things (1-2 pages). You may invoke the virtue of conservatism, explaining what it is and how it sometimes leads to refusing to believe things that one “sees.”
Consider the claim “Killing another human being is always wrong.” Write a short paper (about 3 pages) offering at least one argument for the claim and one against it. Then discuss which judgments in your arguments are normative.