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Philosophy Essay Topic Ideas Ethics

Philosophy Research Paper Topics: 12 Fresh Ideas

Most students say philosophy is a controversial thing to study because it questions even the super natural existence of things which are beyond natural reality under what is called metaphysics. Well, when it comes to the quest for knowledge in this subject, composing a term paper is one of the requirements at the end of the day. However, before you can pick on a topic that is desirable and within the realms of the study, it is important to take note of the fact that your writing can take either one of the two dimensions available. It is either you examine existing literary piece on the topic in which case you topic will be based on this or you come up with your own. Here, brainstorming is necessary but a review of existing resources would help a great deal in formulating a topic that has not been covered. Before you can come up with a topic, it is also important to make sure it is interesting and would consequently illicit interest from philosophers who would want to read your work; not just your supervisor. Even your tutor can be pivotal when you are seeking a good researchable title. Further, your interest and attitude toward the title will be important to your writing so choose something you enjoy. A lot has been written about in philosophy. However, in this article, we explore some fresh ideas that can get you started with your research writing. Take a dive in.

  • You can come up with a topic which examines the role of ethics in our society as it is today. One question you can seek to answer is; would there be a society without these prescribed codes of conduct (ethics)?
  • The existence of evil and good has largely been a subject of argument. Instead many only contemplate by basing their argument on human behavior. This is largely philosophical so.
  • Can sexual desire be the key to interpreting human behavior?
  • Selfishness is an inert human behavior
  • Wisdom is the key to changing human behavior
  • Genetics is what determine human behavior
  • Happiness is only derived from helping others
  • Is wrong or good to believe God exists?
  • There is evil in the world because God does not exist
  • Ethics are selfish means through which humans seek to satisfy their desires
  • Truth is relative and changes with situations
  • Creation of wealth is only possible through responsibility.

Philosophy 302: Ethics
Position Paper Topics

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~ ~ Topics and Due Dates for Fall, 2010~ ~
One point/day is deducted from paper grade for every day paper topic is not chosen after 28 September 2010. Five points/day are deducted for late papers posted after 11 November 2019. No late comments are accepted for credit after 23 November 2010. Your topic must be approved in advance.  Email 


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Nov. 11

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Nov. 18

1. What is the difference between a moral and a nonmoral issue?

Kendra Hunter

2. Should our conscience determine what actions are morally right and morally wrong?

Kelly Hammond 

3. Should reason alone be used to determine which actions are morally right and morally wrong?

Lindsay Parsells

4. Are there universal moral principles that are right for all persons at all times?

Jennifer Novembre  

5. Should we act morally solely because of divine will?

Stephen Deline  

6. Is acting morally necessary for happiness?

Sabrina Kelly


7. Should we act morally only because it is to the overall advantage to society?

Anne Beaudette


8. Can a clear distinction between instrumental good and intrinsic good be maintained?


9. Is pleasure an intrinsic good?


10. Is the fulfillment of desire an intrinsic good?


11. Is Bentham�s hedonistic calculus practicable?


12. Is beauty an intrinsic good?


13. Is knowledge an intrinsic good?


14. Are moral qualities an intrinsic good?


15. Is "Socrates dissatisfied better than a pig satisfied"?


16. Is happiness just the sum of individual pleasures?

Kerry Cooper  

17. Is pleasure merely a side-product of activity?

Ashley King 

18. Does psychological egoism commit the fallacy of overgeneralization?


19. Is psychological egoism tautologous?


20. Are all human actions unconsciously and egoistically motivated?

Chance Reynolds 

21. Do people always do what they desire most?

Megan McDonnough


22. Can personal ethical egoism be refuted?


23. Can individual ethical egoism be refuted?


24. Can universal ethical egoism be refuted?


25. Can the distinction between a higher and a lower pleasure be maintained?


26. Can we always distinguish between the things in our control and the things outside our control, as the Stoics believe?


27. Can all persons be happy?

Joy Joseph 
27a. Some people cannot be happy.Marshall Gagne 

28. Are all moral qualities means between extremes?


29. What does it mean to realize your potential?

Layla Miranda  

30. Should all persons seek the dominant theme pattern of self-realization?


31. What is a maximally coherent system of mutually harmonious fulfillments?


32. Is ethics reducible to biology?


33. Is ethical egoism self-contradictory or merely inconsistent?


34. Is ethical egoism a complete theory?

35. In ethics, do the ends ever justify the means?  
36. Are some right actions not productive of the greatest happiness for the greatest number?  
37.  When ought one not do one's duty?  
38. Can religious ethics be consistent with philosophical ethics?Julia Riley 
39. Do self-realization ethics set up an impossible standard of behavior?Dana Hicks 
40. Distinguish carefully between the shared ideal of morals and the principles of ethics.  

41. Are the benefits worth the risk of taking performance enhancing  drugs for a competitive edge?

Ross Davis