Do human beings have the right to a minimum standard of living?Essay 3: Prompts Your assignment is simple: write a coherent, well-argued essay on one of the topics described below.
Essay 3: Prompts Your assignment is simple: write a coherent, well-argued essay on one of the topics described below. Your essay should include (a) a clear, defensible thesis and (b) explicit reference to the text(s) listed in the prompt. compose your essay in 12-point, double-spaced, Times New Roman font (or something similar). The essay should be between 1200 and 1500 words. 1. The following quote by the American philosopher William James is said to have inspired Ursula Le Guin to write The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas: One could not accept a happiness shared with millions if the condition of that happiness were the suffering of one lonely soul.1 Is it possible to live based on this ideal in our society? How does considering the suffering of others change the way you live your life? Write an essay making an argument about what our society does to fulfill this ideal or not fulfill this ideal. Connect your argument to The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas and at least one other reading. Possibilities include Marx, Swimme, or Mill, or any other author/text you deem relevant. 2. Do human beings have the right to a minimum standard of living? As you answer this question, consider the relevant articles from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 3. To what extent, if at all, do immigrants have an obligation to assimilate to their host culture? Craft your answer making detailed and sustained use of Rodrguezs Aria: Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood. 4. Feminism, says bell hooks, is a movement to end sexism, sexual exploitation, and oppression (149). After carefully examining bells description of feminism, answer the following questions. (A) What would a truly feminist society look like? [Note: be sure to construe feminist is hooks sense.] (B) Do you find the vision you described in response to question A compelling? In what ways, if any, would it constitute improvement on contemporary society? What, if any, drawbacks might it entail? 5. In both Autobiography of a Species and Human Nature, Matt Ridley tells a story of our species that centers on sexual selection, the development of our physical bodies, and the cultivation of behavioral traits that will assure reproduction. Do you agree with Ridley that this narrative explains all of our choices, behaviors, and motivations? What accounts for our astonishing creativity, ambition, capacity for abstract thought, capacity for altruism, greed, intellectual sophistication, moral conscience, spirituality, etc.? How does Ridleys narrative account for other aspects of our personalities that seem to drive our interactions with people on a daily basis? Is human behavior fully and adequately explained by Ridleys account of sexual selection?
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