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Jason D. Benchimol
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

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

Student learning goals

This is an introductory level course in applied philosophy. We will utilize several contemporary ethical issues as a tool in order to practice moral reasoning. The general aim of the course is to develop basic philosophical skills in three areas: (1) reading comprehension: reading philosophy carefully and understanding moral arguments; (2) philosophical writing: writing short papers in which students analyze arguments; (3) and philosophical analysis: critical examination of the arguments we encounter.

This course is suitable for both philosophy majors and non-majors. There are no prerequisites. Background in philosophy is helpful, but not required. What is required is a willingness to patiently read and digest some rather dense philosophical material, to be prepared to defend your views with reasons and arguments, and to give a good faith effort towards developing and refining basic philosophical argumentative skills.

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

In-class quizzes, short writing/homework assignments, and a cumulative final exam.


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 Jason D. Benchimol
Date: 09/16/2008