PHIL 151 - Philosophical Dimensions of Personal Decisions
Summer 2015, Section 201
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Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Students are strongly advised not to take more than two Philosophy Introductions.
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Students are strongly advised not to take more than two Philosophy Introductions.
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Each of us is a consumer.

From our first day to our last, we are part of numerous systems of exchange. Our consumption of resources material and otherwise — the time and attention of our friends, the resources of our families, and the products of our communities — may be an act of pleasure or an act of survival. Furthermore, we often have some degree of freedom to choose what we consume. These choices impact not only the consumer and provider, but also the larger market in which such exchanges take place.

In this course, we’ll examine the ethical ramifications of these choices. We’ll begin by looking at what it means to be a consumer from the perspective of modern economics. We will then apply those ideas to three very different markets: animal agriculture, pornography, and coffee. Each of these gives rise to unique ethical issues, but we will also trace several common threads through these markets. In particular, we will discuss the ethical obligations producers have toward the means of production, the epistemic obligations a consumer has, and the relationship between them. Perhaps most importantly, we will consider what impact individual consumers can (or should) have on the markets in which they participate.

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No previous experience with Philosophy is assumed

Class Format:

4 hrs of lecture w/discussion per week


PHIL 151 - Philosophical Dimensions of Personal Decisions
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201 (LEC)
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MW 4:00PM - 6:00PM

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