PHIL 102 B: Contemporary Moral Problems

Summer Term: 
Meeting Time: 
MTWThF 9:40am - 11:50am
LOW 202
Joey Miller
Joseph Len Miller

Additional Details:

In this course, we will be discussing moral questions surrounding a number of current events. We will be looking at the moral considerations involved in abortion, animal welfare, immigration, gun control, poverty and famine, and other contemporary issues. The broader questions we will be addressing are: (1) Who counts a member of the moral community, and (2) what do we owe members of the moral community? These questions will be addressed in the context of our discussions of the aforementioned contemporary moral problems. There will also be an emphasis on applying the moral considerations and reasoning skills developed in these discussions to other moral issues in recent news reports. As such, we will be closely following current events and the moral issues involved with such events. The goal of this course is to expose students to the variety of different moral considerations involved in these and other contemporary issues, while sharpening the skills necessary to construct and criticize ethical arguments.


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