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Elizabeth A. Scarbrough
PHIL 102
Seattle Campus

Contemporary Moral Problems

Philosophical consideration of some of the main moral problems of modern society and civilization, such as abortion, euthanasia, war, and capital punishment. Topics vary.

Class description

In this course, we will investigate a number of controversial moral issues from a philosophical perspective. The goals of the course are three-fold: (1) to introduce students to the fundamentals of philosophical thinking, (2) to familiarize students with several basic ethical theories (including Utilitarianism, Kantianism, Virtue Ethics, Cultural Relativism, and Pluralism), and (3) to engage students in critical reflection about a number of contemporary moral problems, including civil disobedience, fair schemes of taxation, animal rights, abortion, pornography, capitol punishment, and our obligations to the environment. Required Text: "Ethics: Theory and Contemporary Issues", MacKinnon, Barbara (Wadsworth).

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Annette R. Bernier
Date: 11/02/2012