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Annabel P.

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Degree: Theology and Religion (Bachelors) - Bristol University

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About me: Hi! My name's Annabel and I am an undergraduate Theology and Religion student at Bristol University. In addition to this, I am studyng English in my open units. I have always had a real passion for the Arts subjects, I think they give people such an interesting and wide perspective that can really help with any subject matter.  My main aim is for my passions to come across to you and help you feel super confident and engaged with what you're learning. I'm a very warm and friendly person who loves meeting new people - I've had past tutoring experience teaching children from ages 10-18, so have experience at all age levels, as well as work experience at the Junior King's school Canterbury. The Session: My sessions are led by you but enriched by me! I want us to establish a creative environment where I can help you channel your thoughts onto paper in the best way possible. I hope the sessions will be fun! I want to make you love what you're doing and we will do this by first addressing your personal obstacles with the subject, as well as enhancing your analytical thinking and evaluating skills so that are enganging confidently with the material.  I will help you combat the process of writing simple essay plans which are then converted with your new improved essay technique (which we will master!), to help you get top grades. Can I get help with applying to University, personal statements? Yes! My school ensured that I was taught to the highest standard of how to apply to University, due to this I got all my offers and was highly commended on my personal statement and would be more than happy to help with yours. UCAS can be a very stressful process, which I can make easier by providing expertise on Russell Group Universities. What next? Ask me anything! I'm here to help you, so if you have any questions please send me a 'WebMail' or book a 'Meet the Tutor Session'. Let me know what exam board you're doing and what you're feeling less confident with so we can start to build that confidence back.  I look forward to meeting you!

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-Personal Statements- Mentoring £22 /hr


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Can Natural Law ethics still be plausible today?

(In bold are the bits that are essential components of this essay!) The revival of interest in practical reason has brought in it’s wake renewed philosophical attention to the theories of Natural Law. When examining the feasibility of Natural Law in our contemporary society, it is important to...

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The revival of interest in practical reason has brought in it’s wake renewed philosophical attention to the theories of Natural Law. When examining the feasibility of Natural Law in our contemporary society, it is important to focus on the oldest form of Natural law from Aquinas, and its challenges from a new secular approach; The Grisez-Finnis theory. On the one hand, Natural law does manage to create a flexible and autonomous approach to ethics that addresses some of the issues faced by other normative theories such as Utilitarianism. However, on balance it seems that Natural Law cannot contain the same coherence as it once did. Natural Law presupposes belief in the divine which is not compatible with a less religious fundamentalist society as well as allowing for simple ethical questions to become complicated moral dilemmas. Consequently, natural law is not the most plausible ethical theory today.

When establishing whether Natural Law is still plausible if transposed to a modern day society, it is important to first focus on outlining the benefits of using the theory as an ethical guide. The classic form of natural-law thinking is from Thomas Aquinas, the first main advocate of Natural law, in his Summa Theolagie’s Treatise on law. Aquinas argued that humans have an essential rational nature that’s innate in us as we are created in Imago Dei. The benefit of this, as Aquinas then argued, is that we can use our reason or synderisis to work out what God has ordained human nature to be inclined towards and thus what is moral. These are in the forms of ‘primary precepts’ and from these, we are able to deduce secondary precepts. The appeal of this is that unlike other normative ethical theories; Natural Law provided a bridge between ‘is’ and ‘ought’ that are both essential components of the human experience. Initially, this is a plausible approach when looking at ethics. This is because we can logically deduce our moral actions from our own senses and subjective experience of nature. Natural law developed out of a rejection of Utilitarianism which subordinates all goods to pleasure. The issue with Jeremey Bentham’s Utilitarianism is that it believes that pleasure is the sole basic human principle, and thus morality is dependant on this principle. Natural law appears to grow out of these incoherent foundations. It manages to create a less hedonistic, more rational approach to morality that also allows for the flexibility whereby an autonomous individual can deduce objective morals from their own rationale not simply based on pleasure.

However, despite at first seeming transportable to our modern world, the dependence on nature for morality is liable to criticism in a world where evolutionary theory is extremely popular. G.E Moore argues that the ‘naturalistic fallacy’ occurs when humans derive ‘is’ statements about what is already there, to ‘ought’ statements about what should be there. G.E Moore claims ‘if he confuses good which is not in the same sense a natural object, with any natural object…this is the naturalistic fallacy.’ This is exactly what natural law aims to achieve which is essentially problematic. We should not assume, for instance, that because males are inherently aggressive by their nature that committing violent actions would be morally acceptable as a way of achieving their ‘telos’. In addition to this, I will use the example of the September 11 attacks to show that we could explain such acts; the destruction of the world trade centre without being forced to justify them. It seems that moral evaluation becomes too subjective and liable to irrationality on the premise that it follows a ‘natural order’. As evaluated above, Natural law contains incoherencies in a modern society which make it difficult to deem as plausible.

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