PHIL 102 B: Contemporary Moral Problems

Summer Term: 
B-term
Meeting Time: 
MTWThF 9:40am - 11:50am
Location: 
CDH 109
SLN: 
13039
Instructor:
Joey Miller
Joseph Len Miller

Syllabus Description:

In this course we will be discussing some of the moral considerations involved in a number of contemporary moral problems. 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 that will be guiding our discussions are: (1) Who deserves moral consideration, and (2) what do we owe those who have moral consideration?

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. 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.

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.

TEXT: The Expanding Circle: Ethics, Evolution, and Moral Progress, Peter Singer.

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.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Writing (W)
Credits: 
5.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
October 17, 2018 - 9:09pm