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PHIL 131
Introduction to Ethics


Credits: 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 50

AA Discipline: [Humanities]

Lecture Hours:50


Description
This course will focus on the study and discussion of the original writings of classic moral philosophers. The moral theories of Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Epictetus, Hobbes, Mill, Kant, Kierkegaard, Hallie, Midgley and Noddings will be examined, analyzed, compared and contrasted.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Explain and identify primary concepts in ethical theory.
  • Apply concepts such as consequentialism, deontological, virtue ethics, relativism and reciprocity (as it applies to self/other) to class discussion topics and individual writing topics.
  • Defend and critique these theories as they apply to specific issues and/or cases.
  • Construct and formulate, through epistemological investigation, a productive dialogue about ethical standards, beliefs, and societal constructs.
  • Evaluate ethical theory in both oral and written formats.

  • Course Topics
  • Ancienty, ethical philosophies of Plato, Aristotle, Epictetus, and the Stoics
  • Augustine, Aquinas, Kant, Kierkegaard and the Existentialists
  • "The Moderns" - Diverse collection of essays from a varying set of philosophical viewpoints

  • Syllabi Listing See ALL Quarters
    Course
    Year Quarter
    Item
    Instructor  
    PHIL 131
    Spring 2015
    1428
    jennifer bayne lemma
    PHIL 131
    Spring 2014
    6029
    James Bower
    PHIL 131
    Spring 2014
    1428
    jennifer bayne lemma
    PHIL 131
    Spring 2013
    0858
    jennifer bayne lemma
    PHIL 131
    Spring 2012
    0614
    jennifer bayne lemma


    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini 
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini
    X
    X
    X
    X
     
    X
    X
    X
    X
     

    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    **
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.