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
NEXT OFFERED: FALL 2013

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 MEDICAL ETHICS 

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 TOPICS IN APPLIED ETHICS
NEXT OFFERED: SPRING 2014 

This entry-level course will introduce students to one area of applied ethics. The area of focus may be environmental ethics, sexual ethics, bioethics or something else. Students will also learn how to read, analyze and write philosophy.

TOPIC FOR SPRING 2014: 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
NEXT OFFERED: FALL 2013

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 280/380 TOPICS IN PHILOSOPHY 
NEXT OFFERED: SPRING 2014

This course will offer a rotating selection of topics in philosophy, taught at the intermediate-level and advanced level. Topics may include happiness, justice, aesthetics and social and political philosophy, or something else. 

TOPIC FOR SPRING 2014: HAPPINESS

What is happiness? What is its significance in human life? This course invites students on a philosophical exploration of the nature, role, and value of happiness. Specific topics will include the relation between happiness, well-being, morality, meaning, and the good life. If taken at the 300-level, students will have the opportunity to do independent research linking recent philosophical work on happiness with related work in economics , psychology, or public health.

 

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).