PHIL 122
Philosophical Approaches to Contemporary Moral Issues Fall 2018 Division II; Writing-Intensive;

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In this tutorial we will examine a number of prominent and controversial social issues, using our study of them both as an opportunity to better understand the moral dimensions of those issues in and of themselves, and to consider the ways in which selected classical and contemporary moral theories characterize and address those moral dimensions. Topics will depend to some extent on student interest, but are likely to include concerns that fall under such headings as euthanasia, conscientious eating, abortion, capital punishment, the ethics of protest, and torture and terrorism. The course will use a case-based approach to examine these issues, and so in most weeks we will (1) read philosophical articles focused on a key concept or set of arguments central to the issue, and (2) consider in detail one morally complex case in which the concept or arguments have special application or relevance. In addition, we will devote several class meetings interspersed throughout the semester to reading foundational sources in ethical theory.
The Class: Type: tutorial
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 1121
Requirements/Evaluation: bi-weekly tutorial papers, oral commentaries, and tutorial discussion
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: none; this course is suitable for first-year students
Enrollment Preference: prospective Philosophy majors and those committed to the tutorial
Distributions: Division II; Writing-Intensive;

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