Spring 2011 Schedule of Courses

PHILOSOPHY 231: CONTEMPORARY MORAL ISSUES

WEDNESDAY
SECTION 1, 6:00 - 8:40 P.M.

PROFESSOR MYLAN ENGEL JR.

REQUIRED TEXTS
John Arthur, Morality and Moral Controversies, 8th ed.
Peter Singer, Practical Ethics 2nd ed.

RECOMMENDED TEXT
John Robbins, Diet for A New America

COURSE CONTENT
The course seeks answers to some of the most controversial moral questions of our time: What is the nature of right and wrong? Who is to say what is right? Is capital punishment ever morally justified? Is abortion morally wrong? Can a just society allow individuals to starve in poverty while other individuals hoard billions of dollars? Do moderately affluent individuals have a duty to assist the poor? Is reverse discrimination morally wrong? Is euthanasia (mercy killing) morally permissible? Is suicide morally wrong? Is homosexuality immoral? Is premarital sex morally wrong? What is the moral status of animals? Is it O.K. to torture animals? Is it O.K. to kill animals for food? Is it O.K. to wear animals? Is it O.K. to experiment on animals? Do we have a duty to protect the environment for future generations? If so, what are the most effective things we, as individuals, can do to help preserve the environment?

COURSE FORMAT
Lecture and discussion. Requirements include: mandatory attendance, a midterm exam (essay and short answer), a series of journal entries, a series of quizzes based on the course readings, and a cumulative final exam (essay and short answer).