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PHIL 390 Honours Tutorial

For students in third-year Honours.

This course is eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. To determine whether you can take this course for Credit/D/Fail grading, visit the Credit/D/Fail website. You must register in the course before you can select the Credit/D/Fail grading option.

Credits: 6

Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Comments
BlockedPHIL 390 001Seminar1 Wed14:0017:00

Topic: Ethics and the future

Course Description: Ethics is in some sense intrinsically concerned with the future, insofar as it is, in many respects, devoted to choosing among actions based on the future results they will bring about. However, the future seems to be both hard to predict, and to be changing more quickly than ethics does. So the relevance of traditional ethical approaches to the kinds of ethical questions we face today is open to question and further investigation. In this seminar, we will consider how mainstream normative ethical theories can or can't be used to address some of the looming issues that humanity faces today, such as global warming, technological dystopias, globalization, population pressure, and transhumanism. Topics to be covered include a review of standard normative theories, practi and ~

cal reasoning, decisions under uncertainty, obligations to future persons, commensurability of values, and individual and collective responsibility.