PHIL 355 - Contemporary Moral Problems
Summer 2018, Section 201
Instruction Mode: Section 201 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Requirements & Distribution:
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in PHIL 455.
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In contemporary life, we are faced with many questions that have moral dimensions, not all of which are obvious to us. In this course, we will examine different philosophical theories of morality and justice – and the assumptions about human nature and value that underlie them – in order to explore the moral dimensions of a range of contemporary issues. Throughout the course, we will be particularly concerned with how race, ethnicity, and gender intersect with the moral issues we’ll be addressing. Some of the specific topics and questions we will cover include: What is racism? What is misogyny? What are slurs, and what’s wrong with using them? What is implicit bias, and in what contexts does it affect our beliefs and/or actions? Are we morally responsible for our implicit biases in these contexts, and if so, why and to what extent? We’ll also address questions about the ethics of online dating with respect to race, such as whether having racialized sexual preferences is permissible, and ethical questions about the depiction and/or treatment of women and people of color on reality television shows such as the Bachelor/Bachelorette. The overarching learning goal of the course is to help students develop the conceptual resources and skills they need to think about difficult ethical issues in a systematic and critical way. Students will also develop the written and spoken communication skills they need to engage in respectful, rigorous discussions of these issues.


PHIL 355 - Contemporary Moral Problems
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201 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 1:00PM - 4:00PM

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