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Jean Valerie Roberts
PHIL 240
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Ethics

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.

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This course is an introduction to moral theory. We will be looking at both classic and contemporary writers’ answers to questions such as: Why should one be moral? What distinguishes right actions from wrong ones? What distinguishes good persons from bad ones? You will learn to read difficult philosophical texts carefully and analytically, and to write about them in ways that demonstrate clear critical understanding of what you’ve read. TEXT: "Ethics: History, Theory, and Contemporary Issues", Steven M. Cahn and Peter Markie, eds.

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Last Update by Annette R. Bernier
Date: 11/18/2013