Ethical Position Paper
This paper will be a discussion of the topic of Self Defense. The type of self defense is from physical harm or danger. This paper will have four sections. First, you will describe what self-defense is and what moral claims people have to defend themselves, others, or their property. Second, you will discuss what types of force are moral to use in self-defense and when force is moral to be used. Third, you will provide descriptions of how your proposed approach to self-defense works. This will be your description of proper and improper use of self-defense. Finally, you will describe how your approach to the issue would change the way self-defense takes place in society.
Make sure you address the issues here in the appropriate sections of your paper.
Section #1: Provide an introduction addressing the following issues related to the use of self-defense.
Define self-defense from Physical Harm
What moral claim do you have on your life and property? Why do you have that claim?
What moral lines are being crossed by someone who is threatening your life and/or property?
Section #2: Discuss the following issues as it relates to self-defense.
Use of force to defend your person.
Use of force to defend another person.
Use of force to defend property.
What levels of force are appropriate to use.
In the course of self-defense, at what point must the defender stop using force?
What (if any) limitations are there on the use of tools for self-defense.
Does someone coming under threat have an obligation to try to escape so that the use of force is avoided?
Is there a moral obligation to defend oneself or others? (Do you have to defend yourself or others?)
Section #3: Provide examples of how your position works.
Describe a situation where self-defense is appropriate according to your position.
Describe a situation where self-defense is not appropriate according to your position.
Describe why self-defense is appropriate in one situation and not in another.
Provide any additional examples you think are relevant.
Section #4: What do you think the societal implications of your position on self-defense would be?
How would the world be different if your approach was used?
Would people be more or less likely to attempt to harm people or take other peoples property?
A good paper should be six to eight pages or be between 2,000 to 3,000 words.
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