Fall 2011 Schedule of Courses

PHILOSOPHY 231: CONTEMPORARY MORAL ISSUES

TUESDAY, THURSDAY
SECTION 8, 11:00 - 12:15 P.M.

PROFESSOR STEVEN DASKAL

REQUIRED TEXT
Boonin & Oddie, What’s Wrong? Applied Ethicists and their Critics, 2nd ed.

COURSE CONTENT
In this course we will wrestle with moral problems that arise in contemporary life. We will address question such as: Is euthanasia (mercy killing) ever morally permissible, and if so when? How strong of a duty do we have to provide aid to distant strangers? What, if anything, is wrong with prostitution? Should there be a ban on human cloning? What obligations, if any, do we have to non-human animals? Can abortion ever be morally justified, and if so how?

The aims of the course will be for you to become familiar with competing arguments on these controversial issues and to develop skills and tools that will allow you to assess these arguments and think through moral problems more carefully and clearly.

COURSE FORMAT
The course will be a mix of lecture and discussion. Attendance and participation will be mandatory. There will be periodic quizzes, two short papers, a midterm, and a cumulative final exam.