Midterm Essay: Kant’s Deontological Theory

The Midterm Essay is a short essay on a specified ethics topic that is meant to test your understanding of the material and your ability to analyze it critically.

It is recommended that you work on this essay in your  assigned pairs. Each pair will submit only one essay. However, you may choose to work on this essay individually if you would like.

Due date: Tuesday, August 24 midnight (Vancouver Time)

Worth: 20%

You must write a 1,000 – 1,200 word essay answering the following question:

Evaluate the following statement: “Actions are morally good only if they are done because of a good will.” Explain what Kant means by a “good will.” Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not? You should use examples from class, the readings, the world, or your own life to support your explanation.

This paper must be written in proper essay format, with an introduction, body, and conclusion. For a good overview of how to do this, you can refer to these resources:

1.    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7P4fzbzwwAg&ab_channel=SmrtEnglish

2.    https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/general_writing/academic_writing/essay_writing/argumentative_essays.html

3.    https://philosophy.fas.harvard.edu/files/phildept/files/brief_guide_to_writing_philosophy_pa per.pdf

This paper must also be written in APA style.

You are required to reference materials from the course text, lecture notes, or other materials. Any such references must be identified using APA referencing. Students that do not use ANY citations will not receive a strong mark. For information on how to cite in the APA format, you can go to

www.myucwest.ca> Library -> APA and Plagiarism for a list of helpful resources.

See the following link for the  midterm essay grading rubric.

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