AP/PHIL3020 3.0 A: Ethics
Calendar Description / Prerequisite / Co-Requisite
An advanced course in theoretical ethics, understood as covering both normative ethical theory and metaethics. Prerequisite: At least one of: AP/PHIL 2070 3.00 or AP/PHIL 2075 3.00. Course credit exclusion: GL/PHIL 3237 3.00.
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Is ethics really like the clothes we wear? Is it just about our personal style and tastes? Often, like fashion, we adopt our ethical beliefs from the people we admire, the trends of our social group, and the examples we had growing up. But should we? Are we not sheep or possibly dupes for adopting our ethical stances this way? This course will examine what ethical principles we should adopt and why. We will use philosophical theory to think precisely about what ethics says and what it is based on.
Cahn, S. M. and Forcehimes, A. T. Foundations of Moral Philosophy: Readings in Metaethics
Weekly Writing Assignments 20%
Argument Reconstruction (600 words) 18%
Critical Essay (1200 words) 23%
Defensive Essay (1800 words) 29%
Participation Ongoing 10%
Students will be challenged to seriously consider which answers to these questions are the most rationally persuasive. This will involve learning and employing the fundamental tools of philosophy—namely, thoughtful and attentive reading, critical analysis and thinking, and precise and clear writing. Students will be expected to have a good grasp of the positions and arguments for them, and be able to employ the above tools in demonstrating that grasp.
- Academic Honesty
- Student Rights and Responsibilities
- Religious Observance
- Grading Scheme and Feedback
- 20% Rule
No examinations or tests collectively worth more than 20% of the final grade in a course will be given during the final 14 calendar days of classes in a term. The exceptions to the rule are classes which regularly meet Friday evenings or on Saturday and/or Sunday at any time, and courses offered in the compressed summer terms.
- Academic Accommodation for Students with Disabilities