PHIL102: Contemporary Moral Problems
Instructor: Benjamin Hole
Office Hours: everyday after class
Welcome to Introduction to Contemporary Moral Problems!
Please familiarize yourself with the course syllabus (Syllabus, Phil102, SUM2014.docx) and website. Here is the course schedule, including the readings and assignments, by date (Course Schedule.docx). Here is a summary of the your learning goals for this course (Learning Goals.docx)
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In this course, we connect various contemporary issues with ethical theory, in order to better understand the nature of moral disputes. While there are many such issues, we concentrate on topics concerning sexual ethics, international ethics, and social/political ethics. Philosophers approach specific moral issues by making use of theories and applying them to the real world. So, we begin the course with an introduction to ethical theory and the philosophical study of contemporary moral issues. Next, we read articles to investigate how ethical theory is applied to support views on these issues. The aim is to help you to understand the arguments put forward by defenders of these views and, by examining them, to refine your own understanding. Class sessions consist primarily of lectures and discussion activities. This is a writing intensive course. In addition to a final examination and paper, there are bi-weekly writing assignments and daily quizzes.