Ethics: Spring 2003 Honors

history of ethical theory
Phil 103: Honors Section 13

Tuesdays-thursdays 2:003:15;

Nick Gier,
Instructor; Morrill 403; Office Hours: MW

Recitation Hour: Fridays 4:30-5:30

Phone: 885-6284; 883-3360 (home);

Syllabus    EthicsTalk     Reading
      Writing Assignments  

Web Resources      Exam Questions
Substitute Points  Class Policies

Goals & Objectives      Lecture
   PowerPoint Outlines   

Best viewed in Internet Explorer at 1024×768.  Please choose
small font (under Format) for printing pages

COURSE CONTENT. Ethics is a systemized statement of the principles and practices of conduct for which a rational justification can be given. It considers the arguments moralists have used to justify standards of right and wrong, as well as the goal (the good) toward which acts are ultimately directed. The course thus considers the chief conceptions of the right and the good through the medium of the major writers on ethics. In the first half of the course, students are asked to consider the nature of the good life as presented by ancient moral philosophers Aristotle, Confucius, the Buddha, and Thomas Aquinas. In the second half of the course, the views of some of the main modern and contemporary writers (Hume, Kant, Mill, and Gilligan) are examined.

TEACHING METHODS. Lecture, general class discussion, EthicsTalk postings, in-class writings, and small group work.