May 24, 2022
PHI 130 - Introductory Studies in Ethics and Social Philosophy [SUN# PHI 1105] 3 Credits, 3 Contact Hours
3 lecture periods 0 lab periods
Introduction to the study of the principles of morality and standards of conduct from a western philosophical perspective. Includes philosophical method, foundations of moral philosophy, ethical-value judgments and human nature, theories of social morality and justice, and emotions and faith.
Gen-Ed: Meets AGEC - HUM or SBS; Meets CTE - A&H or SBS.
Course Learning Outcomes
- Examine the philosophical method.
- Define and assess the foundations of moral philosophy.
- Identify and analyze ethical-value judgments and human nature.
- Compare and critique theories of social morality and justice.
- Discuss and assess the role of emotions and faith in ethics.
- Philosophical Method
- Deductive and inductive reasoning
- Formal and informal fallacies
- Analytic v. synthetic
- A priori v. A posteriori
- Foundations of Moral Philosophy
- Normative nature of moral philosophy
- Rational nature of moral philosophy
- Absolutism and relativism
- Basis of moral choice
- Reason and analysis
- Reason and affection
- Reason and authority
- Types of authority
- Authority and personal responsibility
- Principles and ideals
- Universals and absolutes
- Individual and group experience
- Ethical-Value Judgments and Human Nature
- Individual morality
- Defining the good life
- Virtue, pleasure
- Natural law: Thomas Aquinas
- Moral character
- Defining the good person
- G.E. Moore
- Principles of utility
- Principles of duty: Kant
- Individual and societal conscience, freedom
- De Beauvoir
- Theories of Social Morality and Justice
- Common good and Individual good
- Individual justice, equality, liberty
- Distributive justice
- Greatest happiness principle
- Theory of sanctions
- Quantity and quality of pleasure
- Deontology: Kant
- Notion of duty
- Categorical imperative
- Justice and the social contract theory
- Emotions and Faith
- Religious experience
- Faith and trust
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