4-6 pages, double-spaced paper. 12 pt., Times New Roman font, 1 in. margins. The
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4-6 pages, double-spaced paper. 12 pt., Times New Roman font, 1 in. margins.
The paper should be completely in your own words. You do not need a works cited list. The only sources you should use are course materials. Any paper that includes text taken from any website will receive a 0.
Due uploaded as .doc, .docx or .pdf file before class. Dropbox cannot accept .pages files. If you are using Pages on a Mac, you will have to save as one of the file formats listed above.
This position paper assignment is a little different than the previous ones
You should still follow our usual structure: (1) Brief summary of relevant details of the case; (2) Answers to assignment questions; (3) Summary of group discussion that explains at least one potential objection and replies to it. (Do not submit the final document until you have these peer responses from me. For now, build your case argument and I will give them to you when I get them.)
However, our assignment questions are a bit different:
1. Taylor argues we should follow an ethics of respect for the natural world and be biocentrists. Why does he think this? Why would Taylor think the flies or the fly species deserves basic ethical consideration even if flies cannot feel pain and their extinction will not harm or impact human beings? Do you agree with this perspective on our ethical responsibilities to the rest of the natural world? Why/why not?
2. Morally, should the Delhi Sands Flower-Loving Fly species be prevented from going extinct? Why? To what moral value or principle would you appeal to justify your position?
3. While the Fish and Wildlife Service was simply enforcing the Endangered Species Act as written (and as interpreted by the Supreme Court), do you think it is ethically justifiable to force a hospital already under construction to spend $4 million to shift its development to protect the Fly’s habitat, along with halting development of other projects until they have a plan to maintain sufficient habitat for the Fly? Why/why not?
4. Reread Julie Bigg’s opening statement. Do you agree? That is, would your moral position on this case be different if the endangered species were composed of large mammals or attractive birds? Why/why not?
**Please refer to the 3 attached sources that must be cited (1 Text and 2 Videos) and the rubric***