PHIL 275 - Moral Puzzles, Inner Conflicts
Winter 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
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In this course, we will explore several moral issues, focusing, in particular, on the tensions in our own views about these issues. The two main aims of the course are

  1. to gain some insight into the extent and scope of our moral obligations and .
  2. to develop the skills that enable us to clarify and evaluate our own moral beliefs. Each issue we consider will force us to confront how difficult it is for us to reach a fully coherent position -- and how much we can learn from struggling to attain this goal.
The issues will include at least some of the following: what are our obligations to people in need? what are our obligations to nonhuman animals? under what circumstances are we permitted to deliberately harm someone? under what circumstances are we responsible for acting wrongly?

Course Requirements:

Class participation, discussion posts (on Canvas), quizzes, final exam, papers

Intended Audience:

Any students interested in the topics covered in the course, and in learning how to think through these problems with the rigor characteristic of philosophy

Class Format:

2 50-minute lectures, 2 discussion sections lead by a GSI


PHIL 275 - Moral Puzzles, Inner Conflicts
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:00AM
002 (DIS)
 In Person
TuTh 11:00AM - 12:00PM
003 (DIS)
 In Person
TuTh 3:00PM - 4:00PM

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