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John Locke, Immanuel Kant, John Stuart Mill, and John Rawls

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This posting examines John Locke, Immanuel Kant, John Stuart Mill, and John Rawls. It also shows how each of them contributes to ethical theory and the theory to study the ethical decision making and ethical performance.

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Please allow some of my ideas to get you started. I was unsure if this class is an English, History, or Philosophy course, so my scope is broad. Please send to us for editing and feedback once you are finished:

John Locke offers powerful insights into ethical debates. As you look at his life and key points, please emphasize that he believes that morality is as capable of rational behaviors and choices. He also sees experience as a key factor. Ultimately "all ethical knowledge must terminate in or be derived from sense experience" (http://www.webpages.uidaho.edu/~ivan/phil-103/14.htm_). He also maintains that conformity with Divine and Civil Laws is quite vital, too.

When you apply Locke's ideas into current events, you might draw an article from Time Magazine about Senator Clinton's campaign. Since Hillary cites experience as a key factor for her bid for presidency, she, like Locke, emphasizes this role in ethical decisions. Please browse http://www.time.com/time/covers/0,16641,1101080407,00.html for more data.

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John Locke, Immanuel Kant, John Stuart Mill, and John Rawls are studied.