Review Sheets: The Ethics of Duty and the Good
Abstract: The topics and questions
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the ethics of duty and the good.
Be able to define and give an example of each of the following concepts
1. Pascal's Wager
2. naturalistic ethics
4. prescriptive vs. descriptive ("is" vs.
5. Jung's Theory of Types
6. thinking, feeling, sensation, and intuitive types
7. the good will
8. "actions in accordance with duty" vs. "actions
performed for the sake of duty"
9. Maxim and Hypothetical Imperative
10. Categorical Imperative
11. Practical Imperative
13. Variety pattern of self-realization
14. Dominant theme pattern of self-realization
15. Maximum fulfillment of desires
16. Cooperative vs. destructive capacities
17. Intrinsic vs. instrumental good
18. psychological hedonism vs. ethical hedonism
19. distinction between pleasure and the sources of pleasure
20. hedonistic paradox
21 objections to hedonism
22. Aristotle on pleasure
24 Hedonistic calculus
25. Objections to Utilitarianism
1. What is naturalistic ethics? How can Jung's theory of
types be used for the basis of a naturalistic ethics? How does
naturalistic ethics reduce "ought" to "can"?
What life goals are implied by a naturalistic ethics?
2. What is the ethics of self-realization? What are the main
patterns of self-realization? List at least two shortcomings of a
3. Explain the three major aspects of Kant's duty ethics. What
are the major shortcoming of his ethical theory?
4. Show in what way the Alligator River Story illustrates the
conflict of several ethical theories, and on this basis explain why
readers disagree over the goodness of each character.
5. Use the hedonistic calculus to prove that taking this ethics test
is superior to sleeping in this morning.
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