Can modern societies still be held accountable for what their


Can modern societies still be held accountable for what their nation did in the past? Do we have any moral obligation towards future generations? Why? Explain.

Writing Tips:
*Remember to write in formal style and check your grammar. Paragraphs are 3-6 sentences long.

*Avoid platitudes. Avoid personal anecdotes unless they support your argument.
Aim at writing SUFFICIENTLY. Never assume that your reader knows the concepts or thought
experiments– explain it.
*Read your paper out loud to catch awkward, incomplete, or run-on sentences.
*Use both descriptive and prescriptive statements in ethical arguments (see below).
*Remember to follow structure: Explain the scenario before you give your arguments, and write
one topic per paragraph.
*Fully explain your reasons. WHY is it right to be accountable? WHY can’t we be responsible? Because
society says so? Because your parents say so? Because it is the legal law? Because you “feel”
that it is right in that situation?  Give arguments/ reasons for your beliefs.

Tips In Professional Writing: Descriptive vs. Prescriptive statements.Use descriptive statements and prescriptive statements to explain the ethical dilemmas and
explain your arguments for your position.
“Descriptive statements” describes facts, and can be true or false based on evidence.
“Prescriptive statements” are statements that give a value judgement such as something being
right, wrong, good, bad, beautiful, yummy, etc.

Note the difference in the following statements:

*Descriptive statement: “Flipping the switch would kill one person.” “Pushing the man off the
bridge would be murder.” “If you don’t flip the switch then five people die.” “Most people like
chocolate ice cream.” “The Mona Lisa is in a museum in France.”
*Prescriptive statement: “It is wrong to push the man off the bridge.” “It is wrong to flip the
switch to save 5 people.” “Chocolate ice cream is better than vanilla ice cream.” “The Mona Lisa
is a beautiful painting.”  

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