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Fall 2017-2018
* CHV 310 / PHI 385 (EM)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Practical Ethics

Peter A. Singer

Should we be trying to live our lives so as to do the most good, and if so, what would that involve? Does a human embryo have a greater claim to protection than a chimpanzee? Should we be able to choose to end our own life, if we are terminally ill? Are we ethically required to limit our greenhouse gas emissions? What is an ethical diet? Are we justified in eating animals? Why should we act ethically, anyway? You will be encouraged to question your own ethical beliefs on these and other issues, and to explore the extent to which reason and argument can play a role in everyday ethical decision-making.

Sample reading list:
Peter Singer, Practical Ethics, Third Edition
James Rachels, The Elements of Moral Philosophy
Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek & Peter Singer, Utilitarianism: A Very Short Introduction
Peter Singer, The Most Good You Can Do
Will MacAskill, Doing Good Better
Jeffrey Schaler, ed, Peter Singer Under Fire

Reading/Writing assignments:
80 pages of reading per week, First paper - 750 words, Second paper - 1500 words, Third paper - 2000 words, Final Exam - 3 hours. Each student will give an oral precept presentation.

Final Exam - 30%
Papers - 50%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%

Other information:
Attendance at precepts is required.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21384 L01 11:00 am - 11:50 am M W        Enrolled:296 Limit:425
23460 P01 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm W        Enrolled:0 Limit:14
21385 P99 TBA        Enrolled:296 Limit:425