Defending theories in ethics: Please answer the following essay question.  You will be graded on clarity, accuracy, and your ability to critically evaluate the material.  Your essay must be typed, double-spaced, and free of spelling errors.  Your essay should be no longer than two to three pages.   Any additional sources that contribute to your paper must be cited via footnotes or other references.  You may not use direct quotes.  You are being graded on your understanding of the material, so explain the view of the author in your own words.  *Any student caught plagiarizing will receive a zero—see the syllabus.*   Students may email me to discuss strategies for completing the essay.  No late papers will be accepted.

Defend ONE of the following theories:  hedonism, desire satisfaction theory, ethical relativism, error theory, expressivism, or the divine command theory.
Part I: Begin by telling me which theory you will be defending.  Next, define the theory and give a specific example showing how the theory is applied.   Then give at least two advantages of the theory discussed in the textbook or lecture notes.  Be sure to give your own examples to help explain each of the advantages.
Part II:  Give a possible objection to the theory described in Part I.  Be sure to give one of the STRONG objections discussed in the textbook and/or lecture notes.  Explain the objection in full detail.  Give your own example showing why the objection might be problematic for the theory you are defending.
Part III:  Finally, defend the theory against the objection raised in Part II.  Explain in full detail why the objection is ultimately not problematic for the theory and give examples to help explain why the objection fails.