Write an essay of five pages in size 12 Times New Roman with 1 inch margins, in which you answer all parts of (A), (B), and (C) of the following question/topic. Do not use quotations from the authors or copy whole sentences or sentence fragments from the texts or any other sources on the Internet. Explain the authors’ points in your own words, and then use a page citation to Kitcher’s The Lives to Come (Ch. 8, 9, and 13) and the 2011 Cal Copy Reader in order to indicate where the author makes the point or concept you are explaining or using. Number these page citations from ‘1’ to ‘15’, and put them in the body of your essay. Your essay should contain 15 page citations allotting 5 citations for each of three authors or film that you use to answer sections (A), (B), and (C) of the essay. You should cite specific scenes or moments of dialogue in the film Gattaca
if you use it, but make sure you have at least five citations for each author or film you use. Please remember to put your name, the name of your TA, your section number or time, and the name of the course and lecturer (Prof. G. Doppelt) on the front page of your paper. Good luck!
DUE DATE: A draft of Part A is due before lecture on Wednesday March 9th. The entire paper must be handed in person to your TA on Friday, March 18 between 12pm and 1pm (during the scheduled exam time) in [location TBA].
A. Explain Kitcher’s proposed factors for assessing humans’ chances for a reasonable quality of life, the sorts of genetic diseases that prevent it, and responsible or enlightened eugenic decision-making. Cover the following points. (TWO PAGES with 5 citations to Kitcher’s chapters 8, 9, and 13):
• State two dangers of “laissez-faire” (parental free choice) eugenic decisions that Kitcher wants to avoid by defending his minimalist and responsible eugenic decisions.
• Explain how Kitcher believes we should evaluate a future child’s chances for quality of life and the sorts of genetic diseases that prevent quality of life. Give an example of a genetic disease that prevents quality of life, in Kitcher’s view.
• Briefly explain Kitcher’s account of responsible, enlightened, and utopian eugenic decision-making.
B. Explain Stock’s position of maximalist eugenics and how it differs from Kitcher’s minimalist eugenics. (1.5 PAGES with 5 citations to Stock’s text):
• State Stock’s position of maximalist eugenic decision-making and the reasons he offers for holding that we should accept this position.
• State two challenges Stock can make to Kitcher’s minimalist position and support Stock’s challenges with examples he gives.
• Briefly explain who has the more convincing conception of eugenic decision-making and support your conclusion with reasons.
C. The essay by Harriet Johnson, the essay by Michael Sandel, and the film Gattaca
all raise disturbing ethical problems concerning a society that involves extensive eugenic decision-making. Choose one of these three works. (1.5 PAGES with 5 citations to your chosen work):
• Explain how the work you have chosen characterizes the most disturbing aspects of a society with extensive eugenic decision-making.
• Do you think that this work presents a fair and reasonable criticism of eugenic decision-making, or is it unfair and distorted? Give your reasons for your view. You may use Kitcher or Stock to justify your reasons.
Advice and Rules for the Grading of Paper
1. To assure the completeness of your paper, please structure it into parts (A), (B) and (C) and follow the guidelines for numbers of pages devoted to each part. Please make sure your paper addresses each and every one of the questions under (A), (B) and (C).
2. In order to receiving a passing grade, your paper must contain the 15 text citations, in accordance with the above instructions. Distribute your citations among all of the authors you discuss.
3. You must turn your paper into your TA in person on Friday March 18h between 12:00pm and 1:00pm in [location TBA]. No late papers will be accepted.
4. It is your responsibility to save a copy of your paper in case the one you hand to your TA is lost or is in dispute.
5. You are responsible for knowing the university rules and procedures concerning plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism or cheating may result in getting an ‘F’ for the whole course, may go on your permanent record, and can result in very undesirable disciplinary action such as expulsion from the university for a quarter or worse.
All papers must be submitted to turnitin.com via WebCT by midnight on March 18th. If you have any questions please ask your TA.
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