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Fall 2017-2018
* PHI 319 / CHV 319 (EM)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Normative Ethics

Johann D. Frick

Normative ethics is the systematic study of what is morally right or wrong, good or bad, and why. In Part 1 of this course, we will examine a number of rival moral theories that provide answers to these questions. We will contrast consequentialist moral theories with various non-consequentialist alternatives, and investigate their respective strengths and weaknesses. In Part 2, we will look at a number of practical issues, often connected to the broader theoretical debates examined in Part 1. These will include: liberty and paternalism; the value of distributive equality; the ethics of risk imposition; and the moral status of future persons.


Sample reading list:
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
50-80 pages of reading per week.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 20%
Final Exam - 25%
Papers - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22025 L01 11:00 am - 11:50 am T Th   Aaron Burr Hall   219   Enrolled:78 Limit:
23951 P01 10:00 am - 10:50 am M   Class of 1879 Hall   121   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
23952 P02 11:00 am - 11:50 am M   Class of 1879 Hall   121   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
23953 P03 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm M   Class of 1879 Hall   121   Enrolled:8 Limit:13
23954 P04 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th   Class of 1879 Hall   119   Enrolled:14 Limit:13 Closed
23955 P05 11:00 am - 11:50 am F   Class of 1879 Hall   119   Enrolled:10 Limit:13
23956 P06 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm F   Class of 1879 Hall   119   Enrolled:10 Limit:13
23957 P07 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm F   Class of 1879 Hall   119   Enrolled:10 Limit:13
22026 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled