Examination of major ethical alternatives (egoism, utilitarianism, hedonism, virtue ethics, relativism, emotivism) along with competing visions of the good society (libertarian, communitarian, feminist). Analyzes several contemporary problems, such as legal moralism, affirmative action, euthanasia, capital punishment, corporate responsibility.
We face unprecedented challenges on our planet that require a radically new way of thinking about consciousness and a deeper ethical awareness if they are to be solved. This course will examine both challenges and solutions through the perspective of the Great Chain of Being, and focus on research about animal and biospheric sentience as well as the development of empathy, compassion, and greater awareness.
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