PHIL 240 A: Introduction To Ethics

Meeting Time: 
MWF 9:30am - 10:20am
Location: 
GWN 301
SLN: 
19058
Instructor:
Paul Franco

Additional Details:

Ethical questions encompass a wide variety of moral concerns. What sorts of things really matter in life: pleasure, family, money, all or none of these? Suppose you could get away with stealing something you really wanted without anyone noticing. Are there good reasons for not stealing it? Do we owe any sort of moral consideration to animals; and if we do, then how should we treat them? Would it be okay for us to sacrifice the happiness, rights, or lives of a few people, if that sacrifice meant that many, many more people would be happy? In this class, we’ll look at ethical theories that provide a philosophical framework for answering these and other types of ethical questions. We’ll begin with questions about living a good, flourishing life. From there, we’ll consider questions about the nature of right and wrong and the sources of moral worth and value. Finally, we’ll end the class by considering topics from applied ethics. (In the past, we’ve explored abortion or animal rights or the moral responsibilities of scientists or ethical consumerism.)

Catalog Description: 
Critical introduction to various philosophical views of the basis and presuppositions of morality and moral knowledge. Critical introduction to various types of normative ethical theory, including utilitarian, deontological, and virtue theories.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Writing (W)
Credits: 
5.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
November 14, 2017 - 9:13pm