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Phil 225 - Introduction to Philosophy
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Philosophy 255 Fall 2000 ETHICS 2 00 3 20 TR Plumb Hall 311 Instructor Office Hours Phone Email Dr Ted Toadvine 3 00 4 00 MW F and 3 30 4 30 Thursdays or by appointment in Plumb Hall 411P 341 5566 office 341 5462 Social Sciences Secretary toadvint emporia edu REQUIRED TEXTS Morgan ed Classics of Moral and Political Theory 2 nd ed Hackett 1996 Benedict Patterns of Culture Houghton Mifflin 1989 Gilligan In a Different Voice Harvard 1982 COURSE DESCRIPTION Toward what kind of life should human beings strive Should we work toward our own happiness or for the greater good Do absolute principles of right and wrong exist or are our morals relative to our culture Do women and men decide what is right or wrong differently Is there a way to live that is just naturally right The branch of philosophy known as ethics deals with these and similar questions while striving to understand the difference between right and wrong actions good and bad people After a brief overview of concepts and topics in ethics we will examine classic writings of the western ethical tradition by Plato Aristotle Epicurus Epictetus Hume Kant Mill and Nietzsche During the last half of the semester we will focus on two 20 th century theories cultural relativism as represented by Ruth Benedict s ground breaking anthropological work Patterns of Culture and the Ethics of Care introduced by Carol Gilligan in the modern classic In a Different Voice COURSE REQUIREMENTS 1 Attendance at the lectures is absolutely crucial for understanding of the readings and participation in class discussion Therefore attendance at every class is expected as a minimal requirement for this course M issing FOUR classes FOR ANY REASON will result in a full grade reduction In the event that ALL FOUR absences are the result of an extreme medical condition documented by a statement from your physician or Health Services notify me as soon as possible to discuss extra assignments to make up for your missed time Missing SIX or more classes



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