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PHIL 1510 Introduction to Ethics (Summer: 3 )


Course Description

What does it mean to be good, virtuous, or just? To what extent are we responsible or not responsible for our actions? How have our ethical values been established by society in the past? On what basis should our ethical values be established in the future? What are reasonable moral expectations we can have of other people? These are a few of the issues that will be discussed as students are introduced to some of the main schools of ethical thought in the Western philosophical tradition. We will examine works by Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Kant, Nietzsche, Rawls, and Martin Luther King, Jr.. We will also use a few works of literature to reflect further on ethical ideas raised in the course.


Instructor(s): Deborah DeChiara-Quenzer

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 11-Feb-18