PHIL 160 - Moral Principles and Problems
Spring 2015, Section 101
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Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Normative ethical theories tell us what’s right and wrong, good and bad, and what’s just and unjust. In this course, you’ll be familiarized with some important normative ethical theories. Then, you’ll be applying those theoretical tools to various moral issues of socioeconomic inequality, punishment, and terrorism.

The first few weeks of the course will be spent going over the intended ethical theories: consequentialist theories, non-consequentialist theories, and contractualist theories. Each of these ethical theories in the first few weeks of the course will be tethered to a particular moral issue: survival lotteries, the ethics of future persons, etc. The remaining weeks will then be devoted to looking at modules on inequality, terrorism, and punishment. Doing the assigned readings carefully will be exceptionally important.

The structure of the course will look something like the following, contingent on enrollment: once a week, you’ll have your pick of one selection from a pair of readings. These readings will generally complement each other: they’ll either be in agreement, but address different dimensions of the same position, or they'll be in opposition. Discussion questions and discussion points on the readings must be posted to CTools the evening before class (this will happen either via Piazza, or Kaizena). Then during class, we’ll review your discussion points in small groups: first by congregating in groups of alike readings, and then splitting up into mixed groups.

Course Requirements:

Course assignments will take the form of essays and in-class exams, with the option to substitute an oral exam for at least one in-class exam. Class participation will naturally be a significant portion of your grade. All reading assignments should be available on CTools

Class Format:

6 hrs of lecture w/discussion


PHIL 160 - Moral Principles and Problems
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101 (LEC)
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TuTh 1:00PM - 4:00PM

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