PHIL 361 - Ethics
Fall 2017, Section 001
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Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Requirements & Distribution:
Enforced Prerequisites:
One philosophy course with at least a C-.
Other Course Info:
May not be repeated for credit.
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Fundamental questions about how to live and act resist easy answers. The attempt to answer these questions has occupied some of the greatest minds in history: Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Hobbes, Hume, Kant, Mill, and Nietzsche, among others. In this introduction to ethics we will read selections from their works as well as works by more contemporary writers, inquiring into such questions as:

  • What is morality — and does it have an existence distinct from custom or religion?
  • What does morality require, and how would we decide?
  • What is the nature of a good life, and is acting morally a necessary part of such a life?
  • What are the roles of reason, emotion, and subjectivity in moral judgment?
  • How far does the scope of moral concern extend — to all humans?
  • to all sentient beings?
  • to the natural world?
  • Does evolution, or contemporary neuroscience, threaten morality?

Our aim will be to explore a range of answers to these questions, in order to help develop our own capacities for moral judgment, reflection, discussion, and decision-making.

Course Requirements:

Students are expected to attend lectures and sections regularly. Grades will be determined on the basis of exams, short papers, and class participation.

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Class Format:

An important part of the course will be your expression of your own moral views in class, via iClickers. Discussion is vitally important in philosophy, and there will be one hour of discussion section for each hour of lecture.


PHIL 361 - Ethics
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 3:00PM - 4:00PM
002 (DIS)
 In Person
MW 5:00PM - 6:00PM
003 (DIS)
 In Person
MW 4:00PM - 5:00PM
004 (DIS)
 In Person
MW 5:00PM - 6:00PM
005 (DIS)
 In Person
MW 4:00PM - 5:00PM

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