PHIL 160H.001 – Honors: Introduction to Ethics

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Instructor: William G. Lycan. This course meets TR 12:30 – 1:45 p.m. in CW 103.

This course is an 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 Bentham and Mill’s Utilitarianism and 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 you the students collectively, but may well include abortion, capital punishment, or gender equality.