PHI 105 - Introduction to Ethics Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 0
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Core
Comparative study of different traditional moral theories. Application of moral theories to different contemporary moral problems.
- Characterize the introductory distinctions and tasks of ethics.
- Distinguish between descriptive and normative ethics.
- Distinguish theoretical ethics versus applied or practical ethics.
- Outline the basic tasks of theoretical ethics.
- Outline the basic tasks of practical ethics.
- Distinguish between teleological and deontological moral theory.
- Explain the difference between teleological and deontological moral theory.
- Distinguish specific teleological and deontological moral theories.
- Distinguish between act, rule, and character ethics.
- Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of at least four of the following moral theories: Divine Command Theory, Natural Law Theory, Utilitarianism, Deontology, Egoism, and Virtue Ethics.
- Outline the moral theory.
- Infer basic theoretical and practical implications of the moral theory.
- Describe the process of moral judgment for the moral theory.
- Explain the arguments for and against the moral theory.
- Analyze the arguments for and against the moral theory.
- Evaluate the comparative merits of the selected moral theories.
- Compare the relative merits of the various ethical theories.
- Critique each ethical theory in comparison to the others.
- Elaborate a theory of moral value or ‘the good’ to support teleological moral theory.
- Distinguish moral value from non-moral value.
- Distinguish different senses of ‘good,’ e.g., relative or absolute.
- Explain hedonism, egoism, altruism, eudaimonia, and duty as theories of the
- Explain arguments in defense of hedonism, egoism, altruism, eudaimonia, and duty.
- Analyze arguments in defense of hedonism, egoism, altruism, eudaimonia, and duty.
- Compare and contrast the arguments for and against hedonism, egoism, altruism, eudaimonia, and duty.
- Categorize moral theories by their foundational moral values.
- Recognize the moral values of a given ethical theory.
- Explain how those moral values indicate its theory of moral value.
- Summarize how to use ethical theories to make moral judgments.
- Identify the theory of moral judgment of a moral theory.
- Describe the theory of moral judgment.
- Interpret how a person would apply the theory of moral judgment.
- Apply moral theories to contemporary moral problems. Discuss some of the following suggested moral problems:
- Abortion, marriage, pornography, prostitution, privacy, state surveillance, surveillance drones, drone strikes, immigration policy, genetic engineering, capital punishment, war, killing in self-defense, marijuana legalization, euthanasia, suicide, animal rights, environmental ethics, religious tolerance, and justifiable lying or theft.
- State the basic facts relevant to a contemporary moral problem.
- Investigate the characteristics of the moral problem relevant to the particular theory of moral judgment.
- Determine what an adherent of the theory of moral judgment would reasonably conclude and why.
- Evaluate the differing judgments of moral theories on contemporary moral problems.
- Compare and contrast the reasoning and conclusions of various ethical theories.
- Analyze the relative merits of differing moral judgments.
- Critique moral theories according to differing moral judgments.
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