PHIL 345 A: Moral Issues Of Life And Death

Meeting Time: 
MWF 2:00pm - 3:20pm
SMI 309
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Paul Franco

Additional Details:

Possible topics we will cover include, but are not limited to the following: the use of reproductive technologies to select for non-disease characteristics in our children;  the abortion debate (including how best to understand the debate: is it about rights? the wrongness of killing? the personhood of the fetus?); 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); the morality of euthanasia, i.e., physician assisted suicide; whether the death penalty is an inhumane form of punishment or an effective deterrent; 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?).

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)
Writing (W)
Last updated: 
August 7, 2017 - 9:05pm