Office Space by Mike Judge Utilitarian & Deontological Perspective Paper 1

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Essay Assignment #1

Write an essay in response to the following prompt:

The film Office Space (Mike Judge, 1999) would seem to portray a group of human beings doing what David Graeber calls “bullshit jobs.” First, briefly explain what that means, using both Graeber’s account and examples from the film, and then give a brief account of what would be wrong with that situation from both a utilitarian and a deontological (Kantian) perspective. Which of those two moral theories do you think Graeber most clearly applies? Which one does Office Space most clearly apply? Which theory do you think best captures what would be morally problematic about a “b.s. job”? Explain.

Your essay should be roughly 3 typed and double-spaced pages in length (12 pt. Times New Roman font with 1” margins). No cover sheet is required. Just type your name, the class, and the time of your discussion section in the top left corner.

You are strongly encouraged to discuss all aspects of this course, including this essay assignment, with your fellow students, but the work you turn in must be entirely your own. I would strongly prefer that you rely exclusively on the text assigned for class and your class notes in the preparation of your essay, but all materials quoted or referenced therein must be properly cited. Proofread your work carefully. It should be entirely free of all spelling and grammatical errors.

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