PHIL 102 A: Contemporary Moral Problems

Summer Term: 
Meeting Time: 
MTWThF 9:40am - 11:50am
LOW 202
Benjamin Hole
Ben Hole

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  • CULTURE & ETHICAL THEORY. If different cultures disagree about their moral judgments, how are moral judgments possible in the first place? According to the major ethical theories, how should you make these judgments?
  • ·         WORLD POVERTY. As a person living in relative affluence, do you have a moral obligation to help others living in poverty?
  • ·         PORNOGRAPHY & FEMINSIM. Do you have the moral right to consume and produce pornography? Does pornography reinforce harmful gender stereotypes?
  • ·         ABORTION. Is the fetus a person with the right to life? Is it ever morally permissible to violate the right to life

In this course, we connect contemporary issues with ethical theory to better understand the nature of moral disputes. 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.

TEXT: Disputed Moral Issues: A Reader, Mark Timmons, 3rd ed.; and Turning Technologies Clicker.

Catalog Description: 
Philosophical consideration of some of the main moral problems of modern society and civilization, such as abortion, euthanasia, war, and capital punishment. Topics vary. Offered: AWSpS.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Writing (W)
Last updated: 
October 5, 2016 - 9:07pm