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Syllabus_2020-001 - PHIL 2020-001 ETHICS 12:40 1:30 MWF 155...

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PHIL 2020-001: E THICS 12:40 – 1:30 MWF 155 Coates Hall Instructor: Frankie Worrell Email: [email protected] (notice that it is fworre followed by the numeral one) Office: 117B Prescott Hall Office hours: 2:30 – 3:30 MWF, 12:30 – 1:30 TTH, and by appointment Office phone: 578-8354 C OURSE D ESCRIPTION : Classical and recent theories of obligation and value, including works of philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Hume, and Nietzsche; topics including freedom, rights, justification of moral judgments. G ENERAL E DUCATION R EQUIREMENTS : This course satisfies the General Education Humanities requirement. The GenEd objectives addressed by the course are: 1. To understand positions which humans have developed on fundamental issues like truth, knowledge, goodness and values, beauty and spirituality and to arrive at an informed position oneself : Specifically, in this class, we study various accounts of goodness and value, seeking to understand these theories and develop our own thoughts. 2. To develop competency in critical thinking : Not only will we study these theories of right and wrong, we will evaluate their success and failures. 3. To develop competency in written communication : You will be required to express your thoughts clearly and competently in your assignments and exams. R EQUIRED T EXTS : There are four books required for this class: Aristotle. Nichomachean Ethics . Terence Irwin, trans. 2 nd ed. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc., 1999. ISBN: 978-0-87220-464-5. Kant, Immanuel. Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals . Mary Gregor, trans. and ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998. ISBN: 0-521-62695-1. Mill, John Stuart. Utilitarianism . George Sher, ed. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc., 1979. ISBN: 0-915144-41-7.
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