All essays must be typed, double-spaced, and proofed. Upon collection, the essays must be stapled together. Do not use a folder. Your surname should appear on each page. Citations from a class text require only a pagination reference, e.g., (Rachels, p 43). All outside materials will require a full citation. You may choose your own format (e.g., Chicago, MLA etc.) . The required length per essay is 2 to 3 pages.
1. What is the conflict between Stephen J. Gould and James Rachels noted in the introduction to Rachelsâ€™s book? In your view, is naturalistic evolution and religion compatible? Please argue for your position and clearly define your terms.
2. Give a succinct summary of Rachelsâ€™s theory of moral individualism and how it differs from what he calls â€œtraditional moralityâ€. This summary should be no more than 1 Â½ pages. How might a proponent of this theory address the question of affirmative action in the form of set-asides for underrepresented minorities in a university?
3. If you lived in a society like Gattaca and you were planning to have children, would you use the existing biotechnology to alter your offspringâ€™s genetic â€œblueprintâ€ or would you choose as Vincentâ€™s parents did? Provide arguments to support your position.