PHIL 160 - Moral Principles and Problems
Winter 2020, Section 002
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Details

Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Description

This course introduces students to principles of moral philosophy, and provides them with an opportunity to apply what they learn to the ethical questions we face in life. The overarching goal is to give students the conceptual resources they need to think about difficult and controversial ethical issues in a systematic and critical way. The lecture portion of the course will provide a systematic introduction to moral theory, aimed at equipping students with the concepts and tools needed to analyze moral problems and develop their own moral positions. The primary focus will be normative ethics, that is, philosophical theories about the nature and principles of moral rightness and wrongness. The dominant active traditions in normative ethics — natural rights theory, social contract theory, and consequentialism — will be given extensive treatment, though we will also discuss egoism, divine command theories, virtue theories, and moral particularism. Some topics from meta-ethics will also be discussed, in particular relativism, subjectivism vs. objectivism, non-cognitivism vs. realism, and the relation of morality to rationality. Throughout an effort will be made to tie questions in ethics to empirical issues in psychology, social and political theory, and anthropology, as well as questions in decision theory and game theory. Each discussion section will focus on a distinct area of applied ethics of contemporary concern. Discussion section leaders will seek both to ensure that students understand and can apply the contents of the lectures, and to introduce them to additional material — empirical, normative, and conceptual — that pertains to the section’s special topic.

Course Requirements:

Approximately 35 pages of required reading weekly, with quizzes and short writing assignments to test for comprehension. To ensure learning through discussion, attendance will be required.

Intended Audience:

Freshmen and Sophomores from all academic areas.

Class Format:

2 hours/week lecture format; 2 hours/week discussions led by GSIs.

Schedule

PHIL 160 - Moral Principles and Problems
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
29194
Open
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MW 1:00PM - 2:00PM
002 (LEC)
 In Person
29195
Closed
0
 
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MW 1:00PM - 2:00PM
003 (DIS)
 In Person
29196
Closed
0
 
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MW 2:00PM - 3:00PM
004 (DIS)
 In Person
29197
Closed
0
1Y1 or Y2
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MW 2:00PM - 3:00PM
005 (DIS)
 In Person
29198
Open
0
 
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MW 4:00PM - 5:00PM
006 (DIS)
 In Person
29199
Closed
0
3Y1 or Y2
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MW 4:00PM - 5:00PM
007 (DIS)
 In Person
29200
Closed
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MW 2:00PM - 3:00PM
008 (DIS)
 In Person
29201
Closed
0
1Y1 or Y2
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MW 2:00PM - 3:00PM
009 (DIS)
 In Person
29202
Closed
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MW 3:00PM - 4:00PM
010 (DIS)
 In Person
29203
Closed
0
1Y1 or Y2
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MW 3:00PM - 4:00PM

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