PHI 220 Strayer University USA Patriot Act and Academic Freedom Paper

PHI 220 Strayer University USA Patriot Act and Academic Freedom Paper


In this assignment, you will flesh out the outline you created in the previous assignment. Develop a 750-word essay in response to one of the questions posed at the end of your chosen case.

  • Summarize the case and the values at stake in it.
  • Summarize relevant facts of the case.
  • Clarify concepts used to analyze the case.
  • Justify the ethical standard applied to the case.
  • State a clear position on the moral question presented.
  • Include at least four references to support your position.

Structure your essay as follows:

  • An introduction that briefly describes the moral question under consideration.
  • A thesis statement that is the moral question itself.
  • A second well-crafted paragraph stating the facts relevant to the question.
  • A third well-crafted paragraph that clarifies all concepts where mutual understanding is required to avoid equivocation on terms.
    • For example, in the abortion debate, the word fetus would need to be clarified in a manner that gives the status with regard to personhood.
  • A fourth paragraph that explicitly states the standard from the moral theory you are appealing to.
    • You should explain the standard using moral theory.
  • A conclusion that states in the prescriptive terms what you think people should do in this case.
    • This should be a very clear, well-crafted statement.
    • All the supporting information you have written about in the rest of your essay should lead up to this statement.
    • For example, “The fetus should not be aborted past the first trimester of a woman’s pregnancy.”