Choose Two of the Theories (Aristotle’s Virtue Ethics, Kant’s Duty Ethics, Mill’s Utilitarianism) and apply them with a specific purpose and objective to Iris Murdoch’s novel, A Fairly Honourable Defeat.
Draw substantively (including quotations) on the philosophies chosen. This means developing aspects of the philosophies with due breadth and depth.
Have a thesis
Use specific references to the novel (not just general discussion), like scenes, aspects of character development, plot elements, etc
Include analysis/argument/project of your own intent
Be 8-9 pages long, double-spaced, one-inch margins
Options for Approach:
Compare and contrast the relative merits of two of the theories (on one or two specific grounds) via application to the novel
Unpacking moral significance of aspects of the novel (events, characters, types of behavior or moral style, etc) by using the two theories either in tandem or in contrast
Using the novel to show that one theory is superior to another
Use the theories and the novel together to build an argument about what humans need out of an ethical framework
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