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Sara L. Goering
PHIL 345
Seattle Campus

Moral Issues of Life and Death

Examination of such topics as war and murder, famine relief, capital punishment, high-risk technologies, abortion, suicide, and the rights of future generations.

Class description

This course will address our moral obligations to non-human animals, to humans at the margins, and to distant others. We will use controversial philosopher Peter Singer's work as a starting point, and then consider the arguments of critics as well as supporters of his work. Philosophical questions addressed will include the difference between acts and omissions, the wrongness of killing, the value of life, and the extent of our obligations to others. Students will be assigned three papers as well as several in-class exercises.

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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 Beverly A Wessel
Date: 11/19/2003