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Fall 2015-2016
* CHV 390 / PHI 390 / GSS 391 (EM)   na, npdf

The Ethics of Love and Sex

Elizabeth Harman


An examination of the moral principles governing love and sex. Questions to be addressed include: Do we ever owe it to someone to love him or her? Do we owe different things to those we love? Do we owe it to a loved one to believe better of him than our evidence warrants? What is consent, and why is it morally significant? Is sex between consenting adults always permissible, and if not, why not? Are there good reasons for prohibiting prostitution and pornography? Everyone has opinions about these matters. The aim of the course is to subject those opinions to scrutiny.

Sample reading list:
Niko Kolodny, Love as Valuing a Relationship, Philosophical Review 112:2
Harry Frankfurt, Autonomy, Necessity, and Love
Jennifer Lackey, Why There is No Epistemic Partiality in Friendship
Diana E. H. Russell, Pornography and Rape: A Causal Model in Feminism
Rae Langton, Speech Acts and Unspeakable Acts
Cynthia Stark, Is Pornography an Action?: The Causal vs. the Conceptual

Reading/Writing assignments:
Two papers (one six pages; one eight pages). Other: Two argument analyses (each 2-3 pages) will account for 10% of the final page.

Take Home Final Exam - 30%
Papers - 50%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Other (See Instructor) - 10%

Other information:
Priority will be given to students enrolled in the Values and Public Life Certificate Program. Please email Kimberly Girman, for the application to the course.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22725 S01 01:30:00 pm - 02:50:00 pm T Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled