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