Choose one of the following topics and write a 1,000 word essay (3-4 typed pages, double-space) in response. Make sure your answer is focused on the question and give reasons. Don’t just respond to each portion of the question separately. Make sure you’re writing an integrated essay, a discussion. Whatever your opinion on the matter in question, consider how someone who disagrees with you might respond and what you might offer in answer.
1. If you had to recommend a major ethical theory to a friend, which one would you choose? Why? Address both the strengths and weaknesses in your recommended theory. Why would you reject the others?
2. The Hippocratic Oath requires that doctors “apply dietetic measures for the benefit of the sick according to [their] ability and judgment” and “to keep them from harm and injustice.” Give a complete moral analysis of this rule. What moral principles might support this rule? What moral principles might challenge it? Explain why.