Phil 330 F10: Final Exam

General Directions: Your response to these questions should be typed, double-spaced with 10-12 point font and 1” margins. In answering the questions do not spend time introducing the issue, but get straight to the question being asked. This exam is due via email by Thursday, December 16, 2010 at 10:00 PM. The exam should be emailed as an attachment in .doc, .rtf, or .pdf format.

I will have extra office hours on Tuesday, December 14 and Thursday, December 16 from 4ish to 6:00 PM. These will be held in my office in 168A Founders Hall.

Part I: Answer the following questions. Your answer for each question should be no more than two pages. Each question is worth 10 points.
  1. Explain the Vatican position on masturbation. In your answer, be sure to articulate the Vatican's general approach to issues of sexual ethics.
  2. On pages 254-55 of our textbook, Jeff Jordan considers two objections to his "Argument from Conflicting Claims." What is the second objection and how does Jordan respond to it?
  3. Explain Jonathan Rauch's objection to divorce (the answer to this question is on pages 265-66 in our textbook)?
Part II:  One concern that opponents of same-sex marriage have is that the legalization of same-sex marriage will ultimately lead to the legalization of polyandry and polygamy. Polygamy is one man with multiple wives; polyandry is one woman with multiple husbands. But, one might ask, what is the problem with polygamy or polyandry? Pick two of the authors we studied this unit and explore what the implications of the author’s view on the purpose or function of marriage is for the issue of polyandry and polygamy. Be sure to articulate the author’s understanding of the function of marriage and consider what they would say about both polygamy and polyandry (depending on the author, one might be acceptable, the other not). In answering this question it is important to ignore specific opinions the author might have on polygamy and polyandry and focus instead on whether the functions of marriage articulated by the author can be effectively served by polygamy and polyandry. What do you think of these issues?

Your answer should take the form of an articulate, well-written essay of 3-4 pages (typed, double-spaced with 10-12 point font and 1” margins). This question is worth 20 points.