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"Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike."

~Oscar Wilde

Introduction to Ethics

Course Schedule & Supplements

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UNIT I: ETHICAL THEORY

What is Ethics?

Course Basics

Cultural Relativism

Psychological Egoism

Kantianism

Utilitarianism

Virtue Theory

 

UNIT II: APPLIED ETHICS

Moral Rights

Euthanasia

Institutionalized Violence

Recreational Drug Use and Affirmative Action

Animal Rights

Sexual Morality

Ticking Time Bombs and Torture

Below is related material from class

Terrorism

 

UNIT III: THE THREAT OF MORAL SKEPTICISM

Moral Projectivism

Just War Theory

Abortion

Capital Punishment

Empirical Ethics

  • Video: Talks at Google, Joshua Greene

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

Conclusions