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Course Description

This course examines the central theories and perennial issues in ethics. The ethical system of Aristotle, Kant, and the utilitarians will be investigated. These systems will be applied to contemporary moral problems. Questions about objective morality, the ideal society, social justice, and moral agency will be pursued. This course is also listed as PHIL 3A. ADVISORY: Eligible for English 1A.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify, explain, and analyze major ethical theories, including Aristotle's ethics, Kantianism, and utilitarianism.
  • Compare and differentiate between major ethical theories.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in distinguishing between primary and secondary sources, and commentary/critique of those texts.
  • Apply ethical theories to real-world issues such as capital punishment, abortion, euthanasia, animal rights, racial and gender injustice, and future generations and the environment.

Last modified: November 25, 2014
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