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Philosophy - Foreign Ethics, Essay
1) Pick a weird foreign country. By weird, I mean that the foreign country must have ethics that are different from those of the US in at least one fundamental way. Canada does not qualify, despite how they speak, but perhaps France does, because the French culture values leisure and individual quality of life much higher than does American culture. Somalia, China, Vietnam are examples of good choices.
2) Do some research into that foreign culture. If you come from there, that is ideal; if you know someone from there, ask them how it differs from the US in what is considered "good"; failing either of these, do some reading on the internet and see if you can decide what they consider "good" from some of their news articles or stories.
3) Express what that culture considers valuable. For example, again to simplify matters, French "good" might be a high culture and individual leisure and pleasure. Pick ONE good - if you pick several, I will use the first, and you will lose points below when you offer rules that refer to the second etc. (3 points)
4) Write five rules that are specific to providing for the "good" that you expressed. In the case of the French culture I have simplified, a rule might be that every worker is to have a leisurely lunch with excellent food and drink during his work day, of not less than 2 1/2 hours, during which time he/she is to be paid, and during which he/she is not to be disturbed with work issues, no matter their urgency. Note that your rules do not have to be good for society as we Americans see it (and they probably won't), they must simply provide for the "good" you expressed for that foreign culture. Those foreign cultures are not America, and do not automatically believe in the greater good as we do (or they might believe it takes a different form than we do).
I will deduct one or two points for each rule that fails any of the following tests:
i) The rule leads (almost) inevitably to the "good" above. Example: French work lunch shall be 2 1/2 hours paid by the employer -> increases individual leisure.
ii) The rule is not a restatement of the "good" above. Example: French workers shall have lots and lots of free time -> restatement of the "good".
iii) The rule actually leads to the "good" above. Example: French cheese shall be stinky -> no noticeable connection to culture, leisure, or pleasure.
The first two rules that fail any of these tests will count for two points, and the three after that will count for one point each
1) Pick a weird foreign country. By weird, I mean that the foreign country must have ethics that are different from those of the US in at least one fundamental way. Canada does not qualify, despite how they speak, but perhaps France does, because the French culture values leisure and individual quality of life much higher than does American culture.