What worries does Velleman raise about appeals to dignity and autonomy in arguments over euthanasia? Do you agree or disagree with him on this issue? Why or why not?
Leopold suggests that economics should not be our only concern when it comes to the use of land. To what extent should economic considerations play a part in our treatment of nature and the environment?
Are there any situations in which economic concerns might trump environmental ones? If so, could you give an example?
Do you relate more to the abolitionist or the retentionist position?
What do you see as the two strongest supporting arguments for your position, and why?
Prior to reading the text, how would you have defined terrorism?
What is your understanding of terrorism now?
How would you account for the huge amount of terrorism in the 20th and 21st centuries?
What do you see as the ethically proper response to acts of terror?
Does Peter Singer’s greatest moral evil rule require that persons act in heroic ways or go above and beyond the call of duty as Arthur suggests? Explain your answer.
Why does Macedo claim that cosmopolitan distributive justice “makes no sense”? Do you agree or disagree with him on this question?