PHIL 345 A: Moral Issues Of Life And Death

Meeting Time: 
MWF 2:00pm - 3:20pm
SAV 155
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Paul Franco

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[Exact topic(s) to be determined]

Topics we may cover that are more obviously directly related to the course title include the abortion debate (including how best to understand the debate); if our moral obligations to prevent suffering and death extend globally (say by donating to famine relief rather than taking your partner out to dinner), if they extend to animals, and if they extend to future generations (say by driving less now in order to leave a more hospitable planet for our grandchildren); and whether the death penalty is an inhumane form of punishment or an effective deterrent.

Topics we may cover that are less obviously related to the course title include questions about the ethical (and practical) implications of technologies that prolong life; the components of a flourishing, good life; and whether death is a bad thing and, if so, for whom it is bad (the person dying; someone else?). Stay tuned, or if you have further questions, contact Paul Franco at

TEXT: No Textbook Required – Coursepak or online materials.

Catalog Description: 
Examination of such topics as war and murder, famine relief, capital punishment, high-risk technologies, abortion, suicide, and the rights of future generations.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Other Requirements Met: 
Last updated: 
April 29, 2016 - 9:40pm