Fall 2011 Schedule of Courses

PHILOSOPHY 231: CONTEMPORARY MORAL ISSUES

TUESDAY, THURSDAY
SECTION 9, 12:30 - 1:45 P.M.

PROFESSOR JASON HANNA

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

COURSE CONTENT
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.

COURSE FORMAT
The course will require two relatively short papers, two or three in class exams, and several brief quizzes and other in-class activities.