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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.

Requirements/Grading:
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   McCosh Hall   50   Enrolled:293 Limit:425
23460 P01 9:00 am - 9:50 am M   Bobst Hall   105   Enrolled:11 Limit:13
23630 P01A 9:00 am - 9:50 am T   Ivy Lane, 5   106   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
23631 P01B 9:00 am - 9:50 am W   Bobst Hall   105   Enrolled:7 Limit:13
23632 P01C 9:00 am - 9:50 am Th   Ivy Lane, 5   106   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
23633 P02 10:00 am - 10:50 am M   Bobst Hall   105   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
23634 P02A 10:00 am - 10:50 am T   Ivy Lane, 5   106   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
23635 P02B 10:00 am - 10:50 am W   Bobst Hall   105   Enrolled:11 Limit:13
23636 P02C 10:00 am - 10:50 am Th   Ivy Lane, 5   106   Enrolled:12 Limit:13
23637 P04 11:00 am - 11:50 am T        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
23638 P04A 11:00 am - 11:50 am Th   Ivy Lane, 5   106   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
23639 P05 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm M   McCosh Hall   B13   Enrolled:12 Limit:13
23640 P05A 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm W   Andlinger Center   017   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
23781 P05B 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm T   Bobst Hall   105   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
23641 P06 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm M   McCosh Hall   B13   Enrolled:12 Limit:13
23642 P06A 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm T   Ivy Lane, 5   106   Enrolled:8 Limit:13
23643 P06B 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm W   Frist Campus Center   309   Enrolled:12 Limit:13
23644 P06C 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm W   Andlinger Center   017   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
23645 P06D 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm Th   Ivy Lane, 5   106   Enrolled:12 Limit:13
23646 P07 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm M   Corwin Hall   023   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
23647 P07A 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm W        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
23648 P07B 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm W   Frist Campus Center   309   Enrolled:8 Limit:13
23649 P08 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm M   Corwin Hall   023   Enrolled:12 Limit:13
23650 P08A 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm T   Ivy Lane, 5   106   Enrolled:11 Limit:13
23651 P08B 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   Friend Center   306   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
23652 P08C 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th   Ivy Lane, 5   106   Enrolled:11 Limit:13
23653 P09 7:30 pm - 8:20 pm M   Corwin Hall   023   Enrolled:7 Limit:13
23654 P09A 7:30 pm - 8:20 pm W   Robertson Hall   006   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
23697 P09B 7:30 pm - 8:20 pm Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
23950 P10 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm Th   Ivy Lane, 5   106   Enrolled:4 Limit:13
21385 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled