Your understanding of Nietzsche’s critique of the Judeo-Christian influence on modern ethics;

This assignment is designed to assess
Your understanding of Nietzsche’s critique of the Judeo-Christian influence on modern ethics;
Your understanding of care ethics;
Your understanding of either deontological or utilitarian ethical theories;
Your understanding of virtue ethics; and
Your ability to critically evaluate the claims made by these moral theories.
The idea is for you to take what you have learned and do your own thinking about it. For that reason, the use of outside sources is being restricted.
This is to be an essay of 5 to 7 pages (1,250 to 1,750 words.) It is to be typed using a standard word-processing program with 1-inch margins, double-spaced, in a readable 12-point font such as Times New Roman, and submitted as a .doc, .docx, .pdf, or .rtf file. In addition, you do not need a title page or bibliography (as long as the course readings are the only sources you use), nor should you include your name on your paper. It is to be uploaded to the correct Assignment area in PAWS (located under Assessment).
Thesis: (fill in the blank and then use this as the first paragraph of your paper)
Both Friedrich Nietzsche’s Genealogy of Morality and Nel Noddings’s Caring have affinities with virtue ethics and stand in opposition to Christian ethics, deontological ethics, and utilitarianism. Yet, there is also such an unbridgeable gap between Nietzsche’s ethics and that of Noddings that their evaluations of other ethical theories are also incompatible. This paper will compare those evaluations and argue that N___ makes a stronger case for how we should best live our lives.
Your analysis should proceed through the following basic stages.
Begin by describing Nietzsche’s ethical critique of the Judeo-Christian influence on modern ethics.
Then, present a summary of Noddings’s version of care ethics.
Next, explain why Noddings’s ethical theory leads to the critique of Christianity found on pages 443 and 444.
Then, compare and contrast Nietzsche and Noddings’s approaches to either deontology or utilitarianism.
Next, describe what Nietzsche would find appealing about virtue theory.
Then, explain what Noddings’s care ethics has in common with virtue ethics.
Then, identify a difference in how each of them relate to virtue ethics.
Next, explain why you think one or the other has presented a more insightful understanding of virtue ethics.
Finally, evaluate whether Nietzsche or Noddings presents the stronger case for how we should best live our lives.
When presenting ethical theories, you must make use of the required primary texts found in Ethics: The Essential Writings. You may supplement your use of primary texts with material from Ethics for Dummies, but focus more on your reading of the primary texts. (Of course, in a paper this short, you will want to summarize more than quote.)
When conducting your critical evaluation, make use of your own thinking, not the opinions of other authors. Essays that rely on outside research for moral judgments will receive failing grades. Also, essays that do not provide proper citations or documentation for any sources used, will be deemed plagiarized and receive failing grades.
Grading Criteria: (Total 100 Points)
Thesis: Proper presentation of the paper’s thesis statement. (10 points)
Nietzsche’s Critique: Detail and accuracy of presentation of Nietzsche’s critique of the Judeo-Christian influence on modern ethics. (10 points)
Care Ethics: Detail and accuracy of presentation of Nodding’s account of care ethics. (10 points)
Kantian Deontology or Utilitarian Ethics: Detail and accuracy of summary of the principles of either Kantian deontology or Utilitarian ethics. (10 points)
Virtue Ethics: Detail and accuracy of summary of principles of virtue ethics. (10 points)
Evaluation of Perspectives: Coherence and insightfulness of the discussion of the challenge created by holding these ethical theories against one another. (10 points)
Critical Stance: Coherence of reasons presented for preferring one (set of) ethical theories. (10 points)
Clarity of Argument: Overall coherence and clarity of argument. (10 points)
Use of sources: How well are sources used in the paper? Does the interpretation follow from the readings of the sources? (10 points)
Formal Presentation: Spelling, Grammar, Documentation, etc. (10 points)
Late Papers:
Late Essays will be accepted for 48 hours and will be penalized approximately 4 points (an amount roughly equivalent to one grade i.e. A- becomes B+.) Once the assignment closes, it will only be reopened for serious extenuating circumstances and submissions may be subject to additional penalties.