An analysis of Republican moral beliefs in light of the party's commitment to liberty and equality.
# 146043 | 1,248 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2010 |
Published on Dec 14, 2010 in Political Science (U.S.) , Political Science (Mill, John Stuart) , Philosophy (Ethics) , Gender and Sexuality (Homosexuality)
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The paper focuses on homosexuality and how this leads to the Republicans' ethical dilemma between equality and personal liberty but also upholding their moral beliefs on the issue. The paper looks at John Stuart Mill's viewpoint on the issue of homosexuality and at the utilitarian arguments that can be applied to this issue. The paper also examines Aristotle's "Nicomedian Ethics" and their application to the Republican party. The paper shows how there are no easy answers to these ethical dilemmas.
From the Paper:"The Republican Party of the United States of America is a very interesting entity. On the one hand, it ostensibly stands for small government and reduced intervention into people's lives, yet at the same time it intervenes quite heavily in such issues as abortion and religion (RNC.org). Initially, this seems like a paradox--a party that speaks of less government and greater individual freedom appears to be limiting freedom, which would be a violation of its own ethics. Yet Republicans have persisted in much the same way, at least in regards to these matters, for several decades, and arguably much further back in the history of this nation. How is it that the Republican Party can maintain any sense of ethical rectitude when manages to spend so much time expounding the virtues of individual liberty while at the same time appearing to limit those liberties? Is this truly unethical, or is the situation more complex than it appears?"
Sample of Sources Used:
- Aristotle. Nicomedian Ethics. Accessed 25 February 2009. http://education.yahoo.com/homework_help/cliffsnotes/aristotles_ethics/11.html
- Flower, Frank A. History of the Republican Party. Grand Rapids: Union Book Co., 1884.
- Logcabin.org. Log Cabin Republicans Official Website. Accessed 25 February 2009. http://online.logcabin.org/
- John Stuart Mill. Utilitarianism. 1863. Accessed 25 February 2009. http://www.utilitarianism.com/mill1.htm
- RNC.org. Republican National Committee Official Website. Accessed 25 February 2009. http://www.rnc.org/
Cite this Analytical Essay:
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