ICLICKER An iClicker is required Obtain it from the UCSD bookstore if you dont

Iclicker an iclicker is required obtain it from the

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ICLICKER An iClicker is required. Obtain it from the UCSD bookstore if you don’t already have one. If you haven’t already, register your iClicker at tritoned.ucsd.edu. “Your syllabus or other communications with students, encourage them to register their iClicker in TritonEd. They only need to do that once for all of their classes, so most will have done it already, but if any students ask, they can click the iClicker Register button on their TritonEd dashboard.” PURPOSE A student completing this course would know better how to conduct moral argumentation (what is right for me to do, or right for us to do) and how to clarify her political values. She would briefly be introduced to a few of the giants of political thought, and would begin to learn how to read an esteemed text from the past. She would learn how contemporary political philosophers conduct argumentation and analysis. She would
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3 learn why informed people of good will can disagree on political issues, and of ways to peacefully act together despite that disagreement. She would know some of the ways to understand the ideas of liberty , equality , and justice . PREVIEW The course begins with an introduction to moral reasoning and moral theories. A common method of comparing values is cost-benefit analysis of a range of options. That has some relevant application, but we’ll soon see how it can fall short. There are several families of moral theories, and each is an effort to make coherent commonly experienced and shared moral intuitions. Although they will be illustrated with thought experiments and practical examples, at this point the conflict among these theories might seem overly academic. However, they will become of greater value and interest as we proceed through the course and its practical questions. Additionally, we distinguish a realm of unregulated personal action, from action affecting others that is regulated by moral, social, and legal systems. Finally, we consider the causes of great evil and examine several instances of it, notably the Soviet famine of 1932-1934. Next, we’ll take up political morality. The state requires a legitimate monopoly on violence, and as odious as that requirement seems, history shows that civil war among competing violent powers is usually far worse. However, entrusting sovereignty to a state to regulate the danger from foxes, as philosopher John Locke put it, can put in place a devouring lion even worse. American politics is unusually polarized and tense these days (although not the worst I’ve seen in my lifetime). We’ll try to understand the mystery of political disagreement: how well-informed people of good will disagree on political ends. We’ll learn about the major political belief systems (ideologies): left-liberalism, right-liberalism, liberal conservatism, social democracy, and the illiberal ideologies of fascism and communism; why people adhere to ideologies and why there is more than one of them; and how to improve communication and cooperation between people of different views.
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