Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- define and critically analyze arguments from primary sources in defense of various normative ethical theories such as Aristotle's Virtue Ethics, Kant's Deontological Ethics, and Utilitarianism.
- compare and contrast differing ethical theories concerning good, evil, right, and wrong.
- identify and analyze the reasoning underlying moral arguments and their components.
- determine and critically assess presuppositions underlying various views about moral right and wrong.
This course is an introduction to ethics and moral philosophy. It includes a survey of various normative ethical theories including Aristotle's Virtue Ethics, Utilitarianism, and Kant's Deontological Ethics. It may also cover various meta-ethical issues such as ethical relativism vs. ethical objectivism, as well as questions of knowledge and justification of moral claims. It may also include the application of normative ethical theories to contemporary moral issues.
- Front Matter
- 1: Evaluate a variety of concepts
- 2: Compare and contrast a variety of ethical theories with respect to specific ethical issues
- 3: Analyze arguments from primary sources concerning good, evil, right, wrong, and other ideas addressed in the course.
- 4: Assess presuppositions underlying various moral perspectives.
- Back Matter
Open Educational Resources
- Ethics for A-Level by Mark Dimmock https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks/textbooks/475 ( for Chap.1,3)
- Introduction to Ethics Reader: An Open Educational Resource by Noah Levin https://www.ngefarpress.com/p/blog-page.html#Ethics (for Chap.2,4)
- An Introduction to Philosophy by W. Russ Payne https://human.libretexts.org/Bookshelves/Philosophy/Book%3A_An_Introduction_to_Philosophy_(Payne)