P & R 115

Introduction to Ethics
Course Outline
Fall 2001

Text:

Rachels, James. The Elements of Moral Philosophy. 3rd ed. New York: McGraw Hill,

     1999. (EMP)

Baldwin, James. Giovanniís Room.  New York: Bantam, 1956.

McCourt, Frank. Angelaís Ashes: A Memoir. New York: Scribner, 1996.

WEEK 1: (8/22)

Introduction to the course.

WEEK 2:  (8/27-29)

EMP  Ch. 1,  Moral Philosophy

WEEK 3:  (9/3 -5)

EMP   Ch. 4,  Religion and Morality

WEEK 4:  (9/10-12)

EMP  Ch.  2, Cultural Relativism
          Ch.  3, Ethical Subjectivism
          Ch.  5, Psychological Egoism
          Ch.  6,  Ethical Egoism

WEEK 5:  (9/17-19)

Angelaís Ashes

2 page paper,   "Are there any objective, universal moral truths?" Be prepared to discuss your paper in a small group, 9/17.

WEEK 6: (9/24-26)

Angelaís Ashes

WEEK 7: (10/1-3) and WEEK 8:  (10/8-10)

Angelaís Ashes

EMP  Ch. 7 & 8,  Utilitarianism

Rough Draft of Mid-term due, 10/3Mid-term Due, 10/8.

WEEK 9:  (10/15-17) and WEEK 10: (10/22-24)

EMP  Ch. 9 & 10,  Kant

2 page paper,   "Are consequences all that matters in determining an action moral right or wrong?" Be prepared to discuss your paper in a small group, 9/15.

WEEK 11: (10/29-31)

EMP  Ch. 11,  Social Contract Theory

2 page paper, "Is it ever right to break the law?" Be prepared to discuss your paper in a small group, 10/31.

WEEK 12: (11/5-7) and WEEK 13: (11/12-14)

EMP Ch 12,  Feminism and the Ethics of Care

Giovanniís Room

WEEK 14: (11/19-21)

Giovanniís Room

2 page paper, Do you believe that women and men would create different ethical views, based on their gender? Be prepared to discuss your paper in a small group, 11/14.

Bibliography Due:  11/19

WEEK 15: (11/26-28) and WEEK 16: (12/3-5)

EMP  Ch. 13,  Virtue Ethics

EMP  Ch. 14, Ethics Without Hubris

WEEK 17: (12/10-12)

Final Projects and Presentations

Last day of class, Wednesday, Dec. 12th, 2001.

Return to Ethics handout.