philosophy discussion board

For this discussion board, think of a moral argument that you or someone else you heard use in the past week. Break the argument down into its premise(s) and its singular conclusion. Explain why it is a moral argument, i.e. be sure to include and label both a descriptive and a prescriptive premise (see page 291 in our text).

Example Argument:

P1 (Prescriptive premise): People who aren’t in poverty ought to help those in need.

P2 (Descriptive premise): There are many people who live in poverty in Uganda.

Conclusion: Therefore, people who aren’t in poverty ought to help people in need in Uganda.


In 2-3 paragraphs:

  1. What was the argument? Why is it an example of a moral argument?
  2. What were the descriptive and prescriptive premises? (at least one of each). How do you know?
  3. What was the main conclusion?
  4. Evaluate the argument (pages 292-293).


In 1-2 paragraphs:

Critique a classmate’s example. Was the example given an accurate representation of a moral argument? Do you think they were thorough in their evaluation? In what ways? Are there areas of their evaluation that can use improvement?