G RADING S CALE : A A- 93 to 100% 90 t0 92.9% B+ 88 to 89.9% B B- 83 to 87.9% 80 to 82.9 % C+ 78 to 79.9% C C- 73 to 77.9% 70 to 72.9% D+ D D- 68 to 69.9% 63 to 67.9% 60 t0 62.9% F Below 60% or by non-attendance C ANVAS : This syllabus, study questions for the mid-term and for the final exam, and other course information will be posted on the Canvass page for this course. (No doubt, they will be handed out in class, also.) C AVEAT : This syllabus may be revised, as needed . O THER I MPORTANT M ATTERS : You may not use laptops or other electronic devices in class. Please dress respectfully. Men, don’t wear hats or caps during class. Speak civilly, respectfully, to one another during class conversations. Be on time; not late. C OURSE S CHEDULE : 5
Syllabus PHI 3301–01 Moral Philosophy Fall 2017 / MWF 10:10-11:00 a.m. / 108 Morrison Hall page 6 of 8 Wee k Da y Date Topic Readings 1 M 8/21 I. Course Introduction: Is Morality Relative Receive and Discuss Syllabus; initial discussion of philosophy, moral philosophy, morality, ethics, and other key moral concepts W 8/23 David Brooks, “If it feels Right” New York Times (Why not be an ethical nihilist, ethical skeptic, ethical subjectivist or normative cultural relativist?) ? _r=0 Naomi Riley Schaeffer, “A Generation Detached, First Things F 8/25 II. A Primer in Logic (and More on Relativism and Individualis m) “Basic Concepts in Logic” from The Power of Logic (pdf); 2 M 8/28 More on Logic and Ethical Subjectivism Review “Basic Concepts in Logic” and the handout associated with it. Read handout on “Writing an Argumentative Essay”; W 8/30 III. Nietzsche: Relativism and Nihilism Preface and First Essay: ‘Good and Evil,’ ‘Good and Bad ’ ( GM 3-34) F 9/1 Discussion 3 W 9/6 Nietzsche: Relativism and Nihilism Second Essay: ‘Guilt’, ‘bad conscience’ and related matters ( GM 35-67) 4 F; M 9/8; 9/11 IV. Ethics of Obligation: Kant, Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals (GMM) Preface and Chapter 1 ( GMM 1-13) W 9/13 Kant Chapter 2 ( GMM 14-40) f F 9/15 Kant Discussion and First Paper Due! 5 M- W 9/18- 20 Kant Chapter 3 ( GMM 41-52) F 9/222 Discussion 6 M 9/25 V . Ethics of Obligation: Chapters 1-2 ( U 1-18) 6
Syllabus PHI 3301–01 Moral Philosophy Fall 2017 / MWF 10:10-11:00 a.m. / 108 Morrison Hall page 7 of 8 Mill, Utilitarianis m Recommended: Read all four chapters first, then re-read chapters 1-2. W 9/27 Chapters 1-2 F 9/29 Discussion 7 M 10/2 Chapter 3-4 ( U 18-28) W 10/4 For and Against Utilitarianis m No additional reading; Review your notes. Come to class with reasons to endorse Utilitarianism and reasons to reject it.
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