Robert J. Rutland Institute for Ethics
2009-10 J.T. Barton, Jr. Ethics Essay Competition...

 

The Robert J. Rutland Institute for Ethics announces...

The 9th Annual
J.T. Barton Jr. Ethics Essay Scholarship Competition

 

 

 

1st Prize: $1,500 Scholarship

2nd Prize: $1,000 Scholarship

3rd Prize: $500 Scholarship

 

"Should people have to have a license to be parents?"

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Essay Topic: Should people have to have a license to be parents?

For the purpose of this essay, assume that such a thing is possible—would it be a good idea to require people to get a license, if they want to have children?

 

Some questions to consider...

Is there a fundamental human right to reproduce?
Are some people unfit to be parents?
Should low or no-cost fertility treatments be provided to those unable to conceive?
Should there be additional taxes on families with excessive numbers of children to pay for the resources they consume?

Who should be empowered to decide these questions?

 

Essays should be submitted in both hard copy and electronic form on a CD. The hard copy and the electronic copy should be delivered to the Department of Philosophy and Religion, 126 Hardin Hall.  Early submissions are welcome.  The deadline for submissions is 4:30 p.m. Monday, November 23, 2009.  Winners will be notified in January 2010.

 

Essays must be typed (double-spaced) using a twelve-point font.  The title page should include the author’s name and contact information, but the text of the paper should be suitable for blind review. Essays must not exceed 1,500 words (a word count should be included on the title page; references and citations should not be included in the word count).

 

Essays should be submitted in both hard copy and electronic form on a diskette or CD. The hard copy and the electronic copy should be delivered to the Department of Philosophy and Religion, 126 Hardin Hall. Early submissions are welcome.

 

The deadline for submissions is

4:30 p.m. Monday, November 23, 2009

Winners will be notified in January 2010

Instructions and resource materials are available here:

 

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2009 J.T. Barton Jr. Ethics Essay Scholarship winners named...


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