Sara L. Goering
Philosophical consideration of some of the main moral problems of modern society and civilization, such as abortion, euthanasia, war, and capital punishment. Topics vary.
This course will be an introduction to classical theories in ethics (e.g., utilitarianism, Kant ethics, virtue ethics, etc.) and their applications for several contemporary issues (cloning, capital punishment, and one other to be determined by the class). We will cover these issues by using philosophical readings, some literature, and several film clips. Students will be expected to grapple with their own intuitive positions on these issues, and to submit them to the test of critical philosophical analysis.
TEXTS: Boss (ed.), Analyzing Moral Issues; Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilych; Blackburn, Being Good.
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