PHIL 355 - Contemporary Moral Problems
Fall 2016, Section 001
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Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Details

Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU, RE
Other:
Sustain
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in PHIL 455.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
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Description

Some people have it all—fame, fortune, power, a clean rap sheet, a positive group identity, good looks, good health, good credit, good neighborhoods, good job prospects, and a good education. Other people have none of these things. We live in a deeply unequal society of haves and have-nots. Is there anything morally wrong with inequality?

To answer this challenging question we will consult philosophy as well as anthropology, economics, history, law, psychology, political science, and sociology. These disciplines shed light on crucial issues:

  • What kinds of inequality are there?
  • What causes inequality? Is it evolution, past injustice, prejudice, poor choices, government policy, or dumb luck?
  • Do beliefs about inequality and its causes vary by race, gender, class, religion, level of education, and political ideology?
  • Will liberals say that inequality is caused by prejudice and conservatives say that it is caused by poor choices?
  • Who is responsible for addressing inequality? Is it the haves, the have-nots, or both?
  • How should we resolve the conflict between mitigating inequality and respecting individual rights?
  • Should we legislate against pornography and hate speech, which foster unequal social relations, or should we allow both to uphold the right to freedom of expression?

Fun, engaging, and focused on an urgent moral problem of interest to taxpayers, voters, politicians, activists, and everyday people

Course Requirements:

Two short papers, two essay exams, and through regular class participation and exercises.

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Schedule

PHIL 355 - Contemporary Moral Problems
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
30010
Open
3
 
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MW 10:00AM - 11:00AM
002 (DIS)
 In Person
30011
Closed
0
 
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MW 11:00AM - 12:00PM
003 (DIS)
 In Person
30012
Open
1
 
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MW 3:00PM - 4:00PM
004 (DIS)
 In Person
30013
Open
2
 
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MW 11:00AM - 12:00PM
005 (DIS)
 In Person
30014
Closed
0
 
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MW 4:00PM - 5:00PM
006 (DIS)
 In Person
30224
Closed
0
 
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F 10:00AM - 12:00PM
007 (DIS)
 In Person
30225
Closed
0
 
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F 1:00PM - 3:00PM

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