Human needs should always take precedence over the needs of the rest of nature.” Discuss.

Choose a topic from the appropriate list, and write a philosophical dialogue (2,500 words ) addressing that topic.

A philosophical dialogue is a fictional discussion between two people with differing views on the topic at hand.

There are sample dialogues so you can see what it involves;

The purpose of assessment item is to allow you to develop a more detailed and in-depth understanding of module topics, and to develop your skills in argument and analysis.

Check dialogue 1 and its feedback to get a better performance this time.

Topics
1. “Human needs should always take precedence over the needs of the rest of nature.” Discuss.

2. Is it morally permissible to use non-human animals for our own (human) purposes (e.g., for food, clothing, medical experimentation, etc.)? Why or why not?

3. Does nature have intrinsic value? Or is it valuable only insofar as it serves human ends?

4. Critically assess Deep Ecology as an environmental ethic.

5. Critically assess Leopold’s ‘Land Ethic’.

6. In ‘Famine, affluence and morality’, Peter Singer famously argues that we (the wealthy of the world) are morally obliged to give most of our income to charities that work to prevent suffering and death from lack of food, shelter, and medical care. Critically assess Singer’s argument for this claim.

7. Is patriotism a virtue (that is, a morally valuable character trait), or is it just a kind of prejudice (like racism)?

8. “It’s our country, so we can admit or exclude whomever we like”. Is this view morally justifiable?

9. “Welcoming refugees sounds good in theory; but in practice it will lead to the wealthy nations being over-run by the poor of the world.” Discuss.

10. Should borders be open?
sample
Welcoming refugees sounds good in theory; but in practice it will lead to the wealthy nations being over-run by the poor of the world.” Discuss
[Ann has been reading the daily newspaper for the last 15 minutes. She clicks and suddenly puts the newspaper down]
Ann: I think our country will report a significant reduction in its economic performance and growth in the next year
Anthony: Why do you think so?
Ann: With the increasing number of refugees that gets into the country in the recent past, I think we are headed for the worst in terms of our economic performance and stability
Anthony: So you think the refugees coming into the country have negative contributions in our economy?

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Approximately 250 words