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Instructor: Gerard Rothfus. This course meets MWF 1:25 – 2:15 p.m. in SC 209.

This course surveys (some of) the rich field of contemporary practical ethics, with an emphasis on examining controversies surrounding the making and taking of life. Students will wrestle with classic philosophical questions like when and why is killing wrong?, what positive duties do we have to save the lives of others?, what do parents owe their offspring?, etc., and then consider how different answers to these questions bear upon topics as significant and contested as the ethics of abortion, capital punishment, anonymous gamete donation, and the use of animal subjects in medical research.


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