Phil140-2012syl-2

Phil140-2012syl-2 - Philosophy 140: Contemporary Moral and...

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Philosophy 140: Contemporary Moral and Social Issues Professor Robin Jeshion University of Southern California, Spring 2012 This course examines a host of contemporary ethical issues, explored from a philosophical perspective. Among the questions we’ll discuss: When, if ever, is it permissible to get an abortion? Is adultery immoral, and if so, why? Is prostitution morally acceptable? Do animals have any of the same rights that humans possess, and should we refrain from eating or otherwise harming them? Is capital punishment the right way for society to punish criminals? Is war, or torture, ever morally justified? Prior to discussing these issues, we’ll discuss ethical relativism, ethical egoism, the relationship between morality and religion, and utilitarian and deontological moral systems. Office Hours: Wednesdays 10am-12, Office: Stonier 228 Email: [email protected] Textbook: Judith Boss (ed.) Analyzing Moral Issues , McGraw-Hill, fifth edition Course Requirements: 1. You are expected to attend all lectures and discussion sections. 2.
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This note was uploaded on 04/03/2012 for the course PHIL 140 taught by Professor Yaffe during the Spring '07 term at USC.

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Phil140-2012syl-2 - Philosophy 140: Contemporary Moral and...

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