Compose an argument on a moral issue that is important to you that relies on one or more of the following moral theories:
- Just War Theory
- Ethics of Care
- Environmental Ethics
- Social Justice Theory
The argument should have these elements:
- Introduce the moral issue (explain why it is a moral issue. Be sure to understand what rises to the level of a moral issue and what does not).
- Take a firm declarative position on one side of the issue (this is your claim or premise). This is usually in the form of a thesis sentence.
- Support your position with one or more of the moral theories above. Make sure you understand the theory you are applying.
- Support your position with facts. Key supporting credible factual evidence adds weight and credibility to your position. Make sure to reference a source within your text.
- Moral theory and facts may be woven together.
- Consider and refute a counterclaim. The other side has an argument too! What is the best line of argument the other side would make? Raise it and respond to it.
- Conclude with why your issue is important and why your position matters.