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Alma College

 PHL126: Introduction to Values

Fall 2005

PHL126
INTRODUCTION TO VALUES

INSTRUCTOR: Larry Hauser

email:  hauser@alma.edu
 Office:  SAC 347
Phone: 7219
Office Hours: TTh: 1:00-2:20 or by appointment
Virtual Office:: http://members.aol.com/lshauser/virtoff.html

Do the
                      right thing!
Movie still from Do the Right Thing Dir: Spike Lee
1989 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks ?

   

TEXTS (required):

DESCRIPTION: This class explores moral values, the nature of ethical judgments, and the bases for moral or ethical decisions through the consideration of controversial contemporary issues: equality, racism, sexism, and affirmative action; animal rights, vegetarianism and animal research; the nature of personhood, the right to life, and abortion; euthanasia and the right to die; poverty and the distribution of wealth; refugees and immigration; environmental ethics; and issues concerning morality and legality.  After a brief introductory survey of various ethical theories and theoretical issues, students will write and present essays attempting to apply theoretical principles to resolve (or, at least, clarify) various practical ethical dilemmas which -- both individually and collectively -- we face.  (See calendar below for dates and details.)

GRADES WILL BE BASED ON

ASSIGNMENT

DUE DATES & EXPLANATIONS

 VALUE

Commentaries & Quizzes

periodic (3 quiz 3 com. {max}: best 4 of 6)

1/5 of course

Midterm Examination

Tuesday, October 25

1/5 of course

Term Paper

drafts due on slated presentation date: rewrite due Thursday, Dec. 6

1/5 of course

Final Examination

7:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 13

1/5 of course

Participation

attendance {lecture =1, presentation = 4}
e-forums {1 to 3}

1/5 of course

 My classroom is rated R: lectures & discussion may include adult themes and language.

APPROXIMATE COURSE CALENDAR
Class regularly meets 2:30-3:50 TTh in SAC106 (note exceptions below) 

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

Sept. 5

A Well Spent Life

Sept. 7

Rachels: What is Morality: 1-15
Cultural Relativism: 16-31

Sept. 9

Sept. 12

Subjectivism: 32-47

Sept.  14

Morality and Religion: 48-62
Quiz 1

Sept. 16

Sept. 19

Psychological Egoism: 63-75
Ethical Egoism: 76-90

Sept. 21

Utilitarianism: 91-101

Sept. 23

Sept. 26

For & Against Utilitarianism: 102-116

Sept. 28

Quiz 2
Kant & Rules: 117-129

Sept. 30

Oct. 3

Kant & Dignity: 1
30-140

Oct. 5

Social Contractarianism:
141-159

Oct. 7

Oct. 10

Feminism & Care:
160-172

Oct. 12

Virtue Ethics:
173-190

Oct. 14

Oct. 17

Quiz 3
Review & 
Topics Signup

Oct. 19

Fall Term Recess
No Class

Oct. 21

Oct. 24

Midterm Examination
Topics Assigned

Oct. 26

Lecture: Singer on Ethics, Equality, & Killing: 1-109

Oct. 28

Oct. 31

Equality & Affirmative Action: 16-54

Nov. 2

Animal Suffering & Experimentation: 55-82
Killing Animals & Eating Meat:
110-134

Nov. 4

Nov. 7

Abortion: 135-174

Nov. 9

 Euthanasia: 175-217

Nov. 11

Nov.14

Lecture: Singer on Society: 218-313

Nov. 16

Rich and Poor:  218-246

Nov. 18

Nov. 21

Insiders and Outsiders:  Immigration: 247-263

Nov. 23

Thanksgiving
No Class

Nov. 25

Nov. 28

Environmental  Ethics: 264-288

Nov. 30

Legality & Morality: 289-313
Why be Moral: 314-335

Dec. 2

Dec. 5

Lecture: Singer on Legality & Morality

Dec. 7

Final  Review
Rewrites Due

Dec. 9

Dec. 12

 Final Examination
7pm

Dec. 14

Finals
Week

Dec. 16

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

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