Introduction to Ethics (PHIL 160H/002)

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Instructor: William Lycan. This course meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. in Caldwell 208.

This course is an Honors-level introduction to the elements of moral reasoning and deliberation.  What sorts of factors should I consider in making a moral decision? We will examine some of the classic theories of moral right and wrong, such as John Stuart Mill’s Utilitarianism and Immanuel Kant’s Categorical Imperative.  Then we shall investigate a number of controversial moral issues, applying the classic theories and also seeing what they overlook.  The special topics will be chosen by the students collectively, but may well include abortion, capital punishment, or euthanasia. Since the course is Honors level, the emphasis will be on discussion. “Lecture” material will be distributed in advance in handout form.

William Lycan’s webpage