Fall 2011 Schedule of Courses
PHILOSOPHY 231: CONTEMPORARY MORAL ISSUES
SECTION 9, 12:30 - 1:45 P.M.
PROFESSOR JASON HANNA
Boonin & Oddie, What’s Wrong? Applied Ethicists and their Critics, 2nd ed.
This course offers an overview of a variety issues in applied ethics and social philosophy. It addresses questions such as the following: What sorts of beings have moral claims? Under what conditions is the state justified in requiring or outlawing certain forms of behavior? How should the state distribute resources and opportunities, especially in light of historical injustices such as racism? Particular issues to be discussed include abortion, the killing of nonhuman animals, obligations to relieve poverty, anti-drug laws, slavery reparations, and affirmative action, among others.
The course will require two relatively short papers, two or three in class exams, and several brief quizzes and other in-class activities.