is it morally permissible for private owners to do as they wish with the timberland they own?
Your essay should consist in total of approximately three to four double-spaced pages in 14-point font, with no more than one-inch margins. (Not three to four pages per question, but three to four pages in total.)
Last, re-read chapter 1 section 8c on how to construct a moral argument.
A. Our goal is to be able to support our moral judgments with reasons and evidence, rather than basing them solely on emotion, sentiment, or social or personal preference, our goal is to be able to support our moral judgments with reasons and evidence, rather than basing them solely on emotion, sentiment,
B. Second, our moral judgments should be logically compatible with our other moral and nonmoral beliefs. We must avoid inconsistency
1. Moral Judgments Should Be Based on Facts
2. Moral Judgments Should Be Based on Acceptable Moral Principles
Once you’ve done all this, you’re ready to start working on your second essay. Begin by reading the material from section 7-6 of Chapter 7 that is entitled, “Case 7.4 The Case of the Redwoods.” As with your first essay, making online notes for yourself as you go along will help you understand and retain the material better.
Then, from the “Discussion Questions” found at the end of the “Case 7.4” selection, answer the following questions. Please note that I have modified them a little from the way they’re given in your textbook.
1a. Does an old growth redwood forest have value other than its economic one as potential lumber? Give reasons for your position.
1b. Are old growth forests ever more important than jobs? If so, under what circumstances, and why? If not, why not?
2. Regardless of your answer to question 1b, is it morally permissible for private owners to do as they wish with the timberland they own? Explain your argument for your answer.
5. Before its takeover by Hurwitz, did Pacific Lumber neglect its moral obligations to its stockholders by not logging at a faster rate? Why or why not? What would be a morally responsible policy for a timber company to follow? Does it make a difference, morally speaking, whether the timber company is publicly traded or privately owned? Why? Explain your argument for your answer.
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