Basic Questions for the Final

The final exam will be an in class, laptop-based exam based on the set of basic questions you see below (they will be under revision until the last day of class). I will draw three to five (3 - 5) questions from this set of questions by 5 PM on the day before the final.

You will be allowed to bring a physical note sheet to the final exam. This sheet should consist of a set of 10 words or less (diagrams are allowed, but no more than 10 words per question can be in the diagram) for each potential question, to remind you of your answer to that question.

Each answer should be between no more than 350 words in length, citations and restating the question not included. Use APA style in-text citations. Citations are not required and do not need to be accurate or complete, and do not count in the word count.

Though you may use your laptop to write your answers, you may use no other helps than your physical note sheet

Note that the questions below are still under revision.

  1. What is the is-ought distinction and how might it be overcome?
  2. How does what we know about self-regulation inform the philosophical free will argument over (in)compatiblism?
  3. Can ethics be naturalized? Should it be? Why would one want to?
  4. How does the classical conception of skill underly Aristotle's conception of virtue and how is it related to modern psychological ideas of virtue?
  5. How does the two-process approach to morality explain how virtues or evils are learned?
  6. Construct a model of the acquisition and maintenance of virtue. Pick one virtue as an example.
  7. Propose a step-by-step plan for acquiring a virtue. What will influence its success?
  8. How do Hume & Kant disagree on the central feature of morality? What help does current psychological theory provide?
  9. What is the psychological role of religion in morality? Does this have relevance to the various claims religions make about morality?
  10. Morality is about choosing the good. True or false?
  11. What kind of personality do moral people have?
  12. How does dominance, empathy, and collaboration in other primates inform our understanding of moral behavior in humans?
  13. What relationship is there between the Christian concept of original sin and current psychological knowledge about how people become moral and behave morally?

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