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INTRO. TO
PHILOSOPHY
SYLLABUS




PART FOUR



WHAT IS MORALITY? (October 30)
  • "Baby Theresa" (Class Handout)
  • "John on a Botany Expedition in the Amazon"
  • "The Trolley Problem"
  • "John: The Transplant Doctor"


    WHY BE MORAL? (November1)

  • "Joel Eeinberg", "Psychological Egoism,"
  • "James Rachels", "Ethical Egoism,"
    in REASON AND RESPONSIBILITY, pp. 476-95.
  • Russ Shafer-Landau, Ethical Subjectivism,"
  • Mary Midgley , "Trying Out One's New Sword,"
    in "Reason + Responsibility," pp. 510-25.


    UTILITARIANISM FOR AND AGAINST (November 6)

  • "John on a Botany Expedition in the Amazon" (Again)
  • "The Case for Torture" (Class Handout)
  • John Stuart Mill (1806-73), "Chapters 1 and 2 of Utilitarianism"
    in "Reason + Responsibility", pp. 594-607.

    Third papers are due in class on Monday, November 6.


    KANTIAN ETHICS (November 8)

  • Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) , "Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals,"
    in "Reason + Responsibility", pp. 579-93. DOES MORALITY DEPEND ON RELIGION? (November 13)
  • Philip Quinn , "God and Morality,"
    in "Reason + Responsibility", pp. 564-79.


    ARISTOTLEIAN ETHICS (November 15)

  • Aristotle (384-322 B.C.E.) , "The Nature of Virtue (Nicomachean Ethics),"
    in "Reason + Responsibility", pp. 525-42.


    THE IDEA OF A SOCIAL CONTRACT (November 15)

  • Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) , "Selections from The Leviathan", pp. 541-54,
  • John Rawls (1921-2002) , "Justice as Fairness,"
    in "Reason + Responsibility", pp. 554-64.


    FEMINISM AND THE ETHICS OF CARE (November 16)

  • Annette Baier, "Feminism and the Ethics of Care" (Class Handout)


    PRACTICAL ETHICS I (November 20)

  • Peter Singer , "Famine, Affluence and Morality", pp. 631-39
  • Onora O'Neill , "Kantian Approaches to Some Famine Problems,"
    in "Reason + Responsibility," pp. 639-45.

    IN CLASS DISCUSSION (November 22)


    There will be no classes on Thanksgiving, November 23 and 24.

    PRACTICAL ETHICS II (November 27)

  • Judith Thomson , "In Defense of Abortion", pp. 667-77
  • Don Marquis , "An Argument That Abortion Is Wrong,"
    in "Reason + Responsibility," pp. 677-87.


    PRACTICAL ETHICS III (November 29)

  • Peter Singer , "All Animals Are Equal",
    in "Reason + Responsibility", pp. 654-66.


    There will be a quiz in class on Thursday, November 30th.


    Paper topics for the fourth and final paper will be handed out
    on Thursday, November 30st. The fourth paper is due on Monday,
    December 11th by 4:00 PM in the Philosophy Department
    Main Office in Rabb 303.


    Quizes will be graded and returned on Monday, December 4th in class.


    The final paper topic question handed out in class on Thursday, November 30, 2006
    will also be posted ONLINE. The final exam question is currently online from
    the summer of 2003 when the course was taught at Harvard.
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