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- PHL 202H
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- Eithics: Honors
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Honors version of PHL 202. Studies attempts by philosophers to account for the difference between right and wrong, for the notion of moral obligation and to answer the question: How should we lead our lives? Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores, and 3.25 GPA. Audit available.
Intended Outcomes for the course
Students completing this course should be able to:
Recognize the philosophical assumptions that are embedded in moral ideas and in philosophical works in order to define one’s moral responsibility in contemporary society.
Reflect on and evaluate ethical arguments from diverse sources in order to communicate effectively with others who might have a different opinion from one’s own.
Recognize and reflect on the interconnectedness of and the historical development of moral ideas in order to be conscious of the historical context of moral argumentation and its significance in our culture and the culture of others.
Additional Honors Outcomes:
Analyze ethical arguments in light of original context and historical responses, along with consideration of contemporary concerns and relevant societal developments
Produce and present an original ethical argument in response to a primary text, using methods of
philosophical inquiry and research and explaining the reasoning used
Lead discussion on a focused ethical topic, either theoretical or an application of ethical theory
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Assessment strategies will include some of the following:
Essays in the form of in-class exams, short papers, or term papers.
Class and small group discussions.
Service learning projects.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
Themes, concepts, Issues:
The course will focus on the following topics and issues with a primary focus on the
Western philosophical tradition:
Meta-ethics (or Ethical Theory).
What is the philosophical significance of core ethical concepts such as good, evil, right,
How have some historically significant philosophers (including, but not limited to
Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Spinoza, Hobbes, Locke, Hume, Kant, Bentham, Mill,
Moore, Ayer) responded to philosophical questions concerning morality?
Epistemological and metaphysical issues that are raised in connection with Ethical
Theories (such as, Are Ethical claims knowledge claims? In what ways do persons differ
from other sorts of entities?)
Additional Honors content:
Methods of philosophical inquiry and research, focused on ethical concerns
Competencies and Skills:
Students will learn to:
Comprehend philosophical writings dealing with morality.
Paraphrase, illustrate, and explain ideas contained in philosophical writings dealing with
Critique and challenge philosophical ideas dealing with morality.
Write philosophically coherent arguments concerning ethical theories and issues.
Additional Honors Competencies and Skills:
Engage with others in understanding and presenting ethical theories and historical responses to
Participating actively in ethical discussion, contributing and providing support for original ethical
Facilitating large or small group discussion of interpretations of ethical theories
Formulating ethical arguments which reflect understanding of significant issues in ethics