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PHIL 230A Introduction to Ethics - INTRO TO ETHICS

Theories of obligation and value; moral reasoning; normative ethics, descriptive ethics and meta-ethics. Readings in classic and contemporary texts.

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Credits: 3

Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Section Comments
PHIL 230A 001Web-Oriented Course1 Tue Thu10:0013:00

This course will explore a range of key questions and debates in ethics and moral philosophy including: What is a good life? How should we treat each other? What makes an action good or the right thing to do? What does it mean to be a good person? What does it mean to blame someone? Is abortion morally permissible? Is it protected by a moral right? Do animals, ecosystems, and future generations have rights? Through the examination of contemporary texts and classic texts, students will consider different moral theories including deontology, consequentialism, virtue ethics, moral pluralism, and moral particularism. Students will also examine how key concepts such as ought, reason, duty, good, value, justice, and virtue figure in these theories. Students will additionally explore various pr and ~

actical ethical issues including the ethics of abortion, environmental ethics, and the relation between happiness and goodness.

PHIL 230A 901Web-Oriented Course2 Mon Wed19:0022:00

This course surveys some of the main roots and thinkers of the Western ethical tradition, focusing on virtue ethics, deontology, and consequentialism. Texts include Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, and Mill's Utilitarianism. A selection of contemporary readings will also be covered to illustrate more recent developments of these theories. Topics include the places of reason, emotion, culture, happiness, and care in ethics, friendship, and whether ethics is subjective or objective.