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Jeramy S. Gee
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 normative moral theory. By thinking about compelling thought experiments, moral problems, and both classic and contemporary philosophical texts, we will address such questions as: Why be moral? What makes good people good and bad people bad? What makes right actions right and wrong actions wrong? The aims of this course are two-fold. In this class students will be introduced to approaching and analyzing philosophical texts, identifying and formulating arguments, evaluating arguments, the content of important moral theories, and will have ample opportunity to communicate their ideas in both discussion and in written essays. TEXTS: "The Classical Utilitarians: Bentham and Mill", John Troyer, ed.; "Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics", David Ross, translator and Leslie Brown, ed.; "Utilitarianism: For and Against", J.J.C. Smart and Bernard Williams; "Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals", Immanuel Kant, author, James W. Ellington, translator.

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Last Update by Annette R. Bernier
Date: 06/05/2013