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Spring 2016-2017
* PHI 202 / CHV 202 (EM)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Introduction to Moral Philosophy

Elizabeth Harman
Sarah E. McGrath

This course will be an examination of some central topics in moral philosophy. We will consider questions such as: Is abortion morally permissible? Is there a moral difference between killing someone and letting someone die? How is it permissible to treat animals? We will also consider more general moral questions, such as what makes an action right or wrong & to what extent is this a matter of the action's consequences? When is an agent morally responsible for her actions? Is there a single true morality, or is moral truth relative to cultures or individuals?

Sample reading list:
Judith Thomson, A Defense of Abortion
Don Marquis, Why Abortion is Immoral
David Hume, An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals
Immanuel Kant, Groundwork for the Metaphysics
Sharon Street, Does anything really matter or did we just evolve to .....

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students are expected to read approximately 30-40 pages per week. (2) 1-2 page argument analysis exercise (2) 5-6 page papers

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Final Exam - 30%
Papers - 35%
Problem set(s) - 15%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Course open to freshmen..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42535 L01 11:00 am - 11:50 am M W   McCosh Hall   28   Enrolled:82 Limit: Closed
44312 P01 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm W   Class of 1879 Hall   121   Enrolled:12 Limit:13 Closed
44313 P02 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   Class of 1879 Hall   123   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
44314 P03 10:00 am - 10:50 am Th   Class of 1879 Hall   123   Enrolled:11 Limit:13 Closed
44315 P04 11:00 am - 11:50 am Th   Class of 1879 Hall   123   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
44316 P05 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm Th   Class of 1879 Hall   123   Enrolled:12 Limit:13 Closed
44317 P06 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm F   Class of 1879 Hall   123   Enrolled:10 Limit:13 Closed
44318 P07 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm F   Class of 1879 Hall   123   Enrolled:11 Limit:13 Closed
43453 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled