This course is an introduction to the philosophical study of morality. It will examine several important ethical theories concerning virture and vice, the nature of right action, standards of value, and conceptions of the good life. Contemporary moral issues will be critically examined in light of these theories; topics may include marriage equality, animal rights, torture, euthanasia, freedom of speech, punishment and the death penalty, globalization and justice, and other issues. The course may also include topics in metaethics, such as ethical relativism. This course will help students to think analytically about the moral judgments we are tempted to make, with the goal of developing well-reasoned positions on important moral issues of personal and/or social concern.
Semesters: Fall, Spring
MnTC Goals: 6 , 9