PHIL 1104: Philosophy and Social Ethics
Hi! This is the course page for my Fall 2015 section of PHIL 1104: Philosophy and Social Ethics, at the University of Connecticut - Storrs. Below you will find a course description, syllabus, course readings, class presentations and other materials.
Students can use this site in lieu of logging into HuskyCT to get quick information, but note that some things (e.g. quizzes and some readings) will be unavailable through this page. Check back often for new updates - I will put up the Beamer slides each week after that week's quiz has closed.
Ethics, the study of what we owe to others, is one of the most fundamental areas of inquiry in human life. All of us reason ethically often throughout our lives, both with and without realising it. This class will examine the three major aspects of ethical theory: metaethics, the study of ethical reasoning itself, normative ethics, the study of how we ought to reason ethically or do ethically and applied ethics, the application of normative ethical theory to substantive issues. Students taking this course will learn the fundamentals of the three major areas of ethical theory, as well as how to apply theoretical tools to issues in their daily lives.
You can download a copy of the syllabus with hyperlinks here. A printer friendly version is available here.
Lecture and Reading Schedule
You can view the schedule below. Most of the readings are from Russ Shafer-Landau's The Ethical Life: Fundamental Readings in Ethics and Moral Problems, which is the required text for this course. Readings which are not in the textbook are available freely online by clicking the links in the syllabus (they're the ones with blue outlines), and on the HuskyCT course.
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Slides will be available after the week's quiz or short writing assignment.
I've removed all my slides from the Fall 2015 semester so as not to spoil the fun of studying for my future students. If you'd like to view my slides, e.g. for evaluation of teaching, they're available upon request.