Summer 2013 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
Philosophy involves thoughtful analysis and assessment of the fundamental concepts, assumptions, principles and patterns of inference that are implicit in various areas of discourse. We will be limiting our attention here to moral discourse, especially as it applies to the assessment of a range of contemporary social issues. After a relatively brief but substantial introduction to ethical theory, we will turn our attention to the following issues: cloning, abortion, capital punishment and the ethical treatment of animals.
I always allow students to take this course without a prior course in Philosophy. Just email me to get my permission.
Students must exhibit a willingness to think, and be open to revision or expansion of their current mindset, or the clarification of the basis for it. Since the goal is to determine the most reasonable position to take on a variety of issues, careful attention should be paid to assessing the grounds offered in support of, or in criticism of, the positions in question.
Morality and Moral Perspectives: Readings in Moral, Social, and Political Philosophy; Steven Scalet and John Arthur, eds.
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