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Alma College
 PHL126: Introduction to Values
 
PHL126
introduction to values
INSTRUCTOR: Larry Hauser
email:  lshauser@wutsamada.com 
virtual office: http://members.aol.com/lshauser/virtoff.html
Office:  SAC 246
Phone: 7015
Home: 517-482-2923
Office Hours: 4:00-4:50 TTh
WebPage: LH's Philosophy Resources, Etc.:
http:members.aol.com/lshauser
Do the right thing.
TEXTS (required): DESCRIPTION: Exploration of moral values, nature of moral judgments, and bases for moral decisions. Practice in decision making. Study of such controversial contemporary issues as capital punishment, abortion, privacy, death-with-dignity, racism and sexism. Focus on person as individual and member of society.  After a brief survey of various ethical theories, students will present papers applying theoretical principles to the resolution of selected moral problems (see calendar below).  
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GRADES WILL BE BASED ON
 
ASSIGNMENT DUE DATE  VALUE
Homework & Quizzes periodically 1/4 of course
Midterm Examination Thursday, February 25  1/6 of course
Term Paper date presented.  Rewrites: April 15. 1/4 of course
Final Examination as scheduled 1/3 of course
 
COURSE CALENDAR 
Class regularly meets 1:00-2:50 TTh in SAC108 (note exceptions below) 
MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
Jan. 11
What is Morality
Rachels
pp. 1-14
Jan. 13 
Cultural Relativism
pp. 15-29
Jan. 15
Jan. 18
Subjectivism
pp. 30-43
Jan. 20
Morality and 
Religion
pp. 44-61
Jan. 22
Jan. 25
Psychological 
Egoism
pp. 62-74
Jan. 27
Ethical 
Egoism
pp. 75-89
Jan. 29
Feb. 1 
Utilitarianism
pp. 90-101
Feb. 3 
Criticisms of Utilitarianism
pp. 102-116
Feb. 5
Feb. 8 
Kant & Absolute Rules
pp. 117-126
Feb. 10 
Kant, Dignity, & Retribution
pp. 127-138
Feb. 12
Feb. 15
The Idea of a Social Contract
pp. 139-158
Feb. 17
The Ethics of Virtue
pp. 159-179
Feb. 19
Feb. 22 
Organize & Review 
 
Feb. 24
Midterm Examination
Singer pp. 1-15
Feb. 26
Mar. 1
Spring Break
No class!
Mar. 3
Spring Break
No Class!
Mar. 5
Mar. 8
Discrimination & Affirmative Action
pp. 1-16
Mar. 10
Discrimination & Affirmative Action
pp. 16-54
Mar. 12
Mar. 15
Animal Rights: Animal Suffering
pp. 55-82
Mar. 17
Taking Animal Lives: Vegetarianism
pp. 110-134
Mar. 19
Mar. 22
Fetal Rights & Abortion
pp. 135-174
Mar. 24
Euthanasia & 
the Death Penalty
pp. 175-217
Mar. 26
Mar. 29: 
 Rich and Poor
pp. 218-246
Mar. 31
Insiders and Outsiders: Immigration
pp. 247-263
Apr. 2
Apr. 5 
 Environmental Preservation v. Use
pp. 264-288
Apr. 7
Honors Day:
No Class! 
Apr. 9
Apr. 12:
pp. 289-335
Ends and Means, Why Act Morally
Apr. 14
Review
rewrites due
Apr. 16
Apr. 19
 Finals
Week
Apr. 21
Finals
Week
Apr. 23
MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY