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Unformatted text preview: 1 Course Syllabus PHL 275: Introduction to Ethics Fall 2011 Instructor: Prof. Lauren Bialystok Email: [email protected] Office: Jackman Humanities Building 425 Office Hours: Wednesday 10:30 12:00 or by appointment Lecture: Monday 1:10 2:00 (AH 100) Wednesday 1 :10 2:00 (AH 100) TAs: Juan Pineros ([email protected]) Joshua Brandt ([email protected]) Benjamin Wald ([email protected] ) ([email protected]) Tutorials: Friday 12:10 1:00 (AH 103, AH 105, AH 204, AH 302) Friday 1:10 2:00 (AH 103, AH 105, AH 204, UC 148) Friday 2:10 3:00 (AH 204, AH 206, AH 302, AH 304) Course website: www.portal.utoronto.ca (use UTOR ID to enter) In this course we will review some major schools of thought in Western ethics and consider the scope and purpose of ethical inquiry. First we will ask whether humans can be ethical by examining self-interest and practical reason. Then we will discuss virtue ethics, utilitarianism, and deontology, which are substantive theories of ethics. Finally we will consider emotivism, speciesism, and relativism, which are theories about ethics. 2 To optimize class time, please complete the reading indicated prior to the lecture in which it will be discussed. Leave yourself plenty of time to read: philosophy texts tend to be much denser than other texts. Syllabus The syllabus includes two small books and a coursepack. All texts are required and available at the St. George bookstore. There are many used copies of the Mill and Kant available; the coursepack must be purchased new. Books Mill, J.S. Utilitarianism. Ed. George Sher. United States: Hackett, 2001. Kant, Immanuel. Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals . Trans. James W. Ellington. Indiana: Hackett 1988. Coursepack Parfit, Derek. What Makes Someones Life Go Best. Reasons and PersonsParfit, Derek....
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- Utilitarianism Refined Read, Imperative Read Kant, Course Syllabus PHL, Virtue Ethics. Ed.