PHIL 160 - Moral Principles and Problems
Spring 2018, Section 101
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Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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This course will provide an overview of different approaches to moral deliberation, action, and evaluation. We will begin by surveying major ethical theories that aim to tell us what we are morally permitted or required to do. From there, however, we will consider a diverse array of theoretical and applied questions. What makes a moral agent praiseworthy or blameworthy, aside from the rightness or wrongness of her actions themselves? Is it possible to have moral knowledge? What is the relationship between morality and law or other normative domains? Under what circumstances, if any, is abortion (or pornography, or genetic engineering, or . . . ) permissible? The primary goal of the course is not to provide students with a systematic introduction to particular theories, but rather to let them sample a range of issues and perspectives in moral philosophy that will enable them to approach ethical questions from a more sophisticated vantage point. Students will also continue to develop proficiency in persuasive writing and other modes of argumentation and dialogue.

Texts will include philosophical articles, selections from longer works (historical and contemporary), and film clips. The last two weeks of the course will be open to topics of particular student interest. Final assessment will be based on short assignments, papers, presentations, group work, and class discussion. There will be no exams.


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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