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Week 2 Introduction to Ethics

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Week 2: Introduction to Ethics 1 INTRODUCTION: Think about the number of times you have heard practical advice, such as, "Stay home and study to get a good grade," or "Exercise and eat less to lose weight." Some advice also asks you to consider your morals: "Donate money to a relief fund," or "Help your elderly neighbor." You probably do not realize how the choices and decisions you make each day shape or drive your “moral compass.” Imagine the following situations: You pass by a homeless person asking for financial help, you drive over the speed limit, the cashier gives you too much change, or you do not use the recycling bin. Ask yourself: "Are responses to these scenarios practical or moral decisions?" This week you will investigate one of the principal questions of ethics, "What is your moral compass?" Because the answer guides and shapes how you should conduct your life, it may be one of the most philosophical questions of ethics. LEARNING OUTCOMES: By the end of this week, you should be able to: Understand the differing philosophical theories of ethics Contrast the differences between genders as they relate to traditional moral theories Evaluate your moral goodness/ethics Readings Course Text: The Philosopher’s Way: Thinking Critically About Profound Ideas o Chapter 8, “Are There Moral Truths? Thinking About Ethics” (pp. 411–471) o Chapter 9, “What are Right Actions? Constructing an Ethical Theory” (pp. 473–551) Web Sites o Quiz: Are You a Moral Relativist? http://philosophy.hku.hk/think/value/rel-quiz.php This quiz will be used in this week's Application Assignment. Supplemental Resources Web Sites University of San Diego Ethics Updates http://ethics.sandiego.edu/ A good source on ethics.
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Week 2: Introduction to Ethics 2 DISCUSSION MORAL THEORY AND GENDER In this week’s reading of Chapters 8 and 9 in the course text The Philosopher’s Way, you were exposed to several different moral theories contributed by philosophers of both genders. Did you notice any distinct similarities in the
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