PHIL 163.002 – Practical Ethics

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Instructor: David Faraci. This course meets MWF 1:25 – 2:15 p.m. in CW 103.

The purpose of this course is to prepare students to think critically about the ethical choices they will inevitably face, both as individuals and as citizens. Towards this end, we will focus on a selection of ethical questions about our obligations to others. We will begin with some prominent issues about whether our obligations extend beyond other normal adult humans. Specifically, we will ask whether we have obligations to fetuses, to non-human animals, or even to things other than individuals, such as the environment. After the midterm, we will turn to questions about our obligations to normal adult humans. This will include discussion of the death penalty, world hunger, and exploitation.