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Sara L. Goering
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

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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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