(D 3): Imagine you are the shepherd in Plato’s story. Using deontology ONLY, explain whether or not you should wear the ring you found once you discovered its powers. Be sure to consider the universalizability and reversibility of your norm as well as the Practical Imperative in your answer.
- Plato’s “Ring of Gyges” and the hole in the Internet
Plato. The Republic – Book II (2.359a–2.360d). Internet Classics Archive, 360 B.C.E. Accessed 17 June 2014. Internet. Available at: http://classics.mit.edu/Plato/republic.3.ii.html
(Read the section from, “They say that to do injustice is, by nature, good; to suffer injustice, evil” to “When both have reached the uttermost extreme, the one of justice and the other of injustice, let judgment be given which of them is the happier of the two.”)
- Kemerling, Garth. Deontology. 2011. Accessed 17 June 2014. Internet. Available at: http://www.philosophypages.com/dy/d2.htm
- Hinman, Lawrence M. Kant and Kantian Ethics. 2010. Accessed 17 June 2014. Internet. Available at: http://ethics.sandiego.edu/theories/Kant/index.asp
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Kant’s Moral Philosophy. Robert Johnson, 2008. Last update 2008. Accessed 17 June 2014. Internet. Available from http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/kant-moral
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- CONCLUDE based on your argument. Do not forget this step. The conclusion should parallel the thesis.
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