Courses

The philosophy department offers an array of ethics courses. Not all are available in a given year. The full list of regular offerings is listed below, with notations regarding scheduling and topics highlighted.

PHI 101 INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS

How ought we to live? What makes an act right, or a person virtuous? Is morality relative to culture? These are some of the questions we will confront in our critical examination of some major moral theories. Introductory level.

 PHI 106 BIOETHICS 

NEXT OFFERED: SPRING 2015

Recent moral issues in medicine, such as euthanasia, abortion, experimentation on human and other animal subjects, justice in providing health care and in the allocation of scarce resources. 

 PHI 109 ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS

What obligations do human beings have in relation to the environment and the other living beings with whom we share it? Does nature have intrinsic value? Do human beings have higher moral standing than non-human animals? This course introduces students to some of the fundamental questions of envionmental ethics, inviting them to grapple with competing philosophical theories in the search for answers to these questions.  

 PHI 112 CONTEMPORARY MORAL PROBLEMS

An introduction to applied ethics through a variety of issues. Topics may include ethical treatment of animals, abortion, poverty, euthanasia or the death penalty. Ethical theories will also be introduced.

 PHI 212 MORAL PHILOSOPHY

 An introduction to some of the West's most significant and influential ethical theories through original texts. Works of Aristotle, Hobbes, Kant, and Mill will be discussed.

 PHI 304 TOPICS IN ETHICS

A semester-long exploration of the work of a particular philosopher (such as Kant) a particular approach to ethics (such as contemporary virtue theory), or a theoretical problem or debate (such as criticism of morality or moral theory).

 PHI 318 ETHICS

A contemporary philosophical exploration of major issues in and approaches to ethics - including metaethics (which concerns the nature of morality and moral discourse) and normative ethical theory (which concerns how we ought to live).