Ethics & Society

Table of Contents

  1. Syllabus

  2. Unit I

  3. Unit II

  4. Unit III

  5. Homework

UNIT I

1. Introduction to Course

Required Reading: N/A

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2. The Mind’s I

Required Reading: Plato, The Republic, Book II

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3. Eyes in the Sky

Required Reading: Steven Cahn, God and Morality

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4. Virtues and Vices

Required Reading: Julia Annas, Virtue Ethics

  • Note: Read at least pages 1-14.

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5. Patterns of Culture

Required Reading: Gilbert Harman, Moral Relativism Explained

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6. The Kingdom of Ends

Required Reading: Onora O’Neill, A Simplified Account of Kant’s Ethics

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7. Common Sense

Required Reading: Barbara Herman, Integrity and Impartiality

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8. The Trolley

Required Reading: John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism

(Note: Read chapters I & II.)

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9. What Could’ve Been

Required Reading: N/A

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UNIT II

1. Annihilation

Required Reading: N/A

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2. Death with Dignity

Required Reading: James Rachels, Active and Passive Euthanasia

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3. Institutions of Oppression

Required Reading: N/A

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4. Prying Open the Third Eye

Required Reading: N/A

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5. The Belly of the Beast

Required Reading: Tom Regan, The Case for Animal Rights

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6. Marginal Utility

Required Reading: N/A

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7. Sexual Morality

Required Reading: Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Entry on Philosophy of Sexuality, Introduction and Sections 1, 2, & 3

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8. TT&T (Part I)

Required Reading: N/A

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9. TT&T (Part II)

Required Reading: Michael Walzer, Terrorism and Just War

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UNIT III

1. The Mind Spreads Itself

Required Reading:

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2. Thucydides’ Trap

Required Reading: Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Entry on Just War Theory

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3. Give Me Liberty Or…

Required Reading:

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4. Deprivation

Required Readings:

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5. The Space Explorer

Required Reading: Judith Jarvis Thomson, A Defense of Abortion

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6. Seeing Justice Done

Required Reading:

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7. The Fall of the Prince

Required Reading: N/A

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8. The Enigma of Reason

Required Reading:

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9. The Trolley (Part II)

Required Reading:

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  • Video: Talks at Google, Joshua Greene

    • Related Video: Here's an interview with Stanford scholar, Robert Sapolsky, on evolutionary misfirings when making moral judgments.

10. The Circular Ruins

Required Reading: Jorge Luis Borges, The Circular Ruins

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