Philosophy 2: Society and Values

Pierce College

Department of Philosophy & Sociology

Spring, 2020


First Essay Prompt


Due Thursday, March 5th Sunday, March 8th by 11:59PM


Turn this assignment in via Canvas. 


This assignment amounts to 30% of your course grade (unless it gets dropped as the lowest one of the four essays you write). 


In five pages (that is, in no fewer than five pages, and no more than five and a half pages): 


1) explain how Midgley's argument against Moral Isolationism from the assigned "Trying Out One's New Sword" can be understood as an argument for moral objectivity;


2) explain how Nietzsche, from the assigned excerpts of his Genealogy of Morals, could be arguing against moral objectivity;


3) in light of what you've written in 1) and 2), argue for or against moral objectivity; and


4) defend your argument in 3) against a naysayer to either your argument in 3) or your explanation in 1) or 2). 


If you submit someone else's ideas, words, or phrases, you must cite those individuals: plagiarism of any kind will not be accepted.  If you submit ideas, words, or phrases from a previous essay of your own, explicitly state as much.  Please do not just represent, word for word, old material.  Go to for excellent information on citing.


Use one-inch margins all around, double-spacing throughout, and Times New Roman font, size 12 only–and no title pages or page numbers please. Also, you should get into the habit of naming your attachments so that they indicate it is from you, and what the attachment includes.  For me, name your essay attachments as follows: First name, space, last name, "P," the course number, "E," and the essay number.  For example, if Kweego Benahoot wants to turn in the first essay in Philosophy 2, the attachment name would be:  Kweego BenahootP2E1.docx .