Arts, Sciences, and Engineering Philosophy
CRN Course Course Title Term Credits Status
81266 PHL 103 CONTEMPORARY MORAL PROBLEMS Summer 2014 4.0 Open
Schedule:
Day Begin End Building Room
MTWR 1300 1600 HYLAN 306
Enrollment: Section Enroll     
3
Section Cap     
No Cap
Class Info: JUNE 30 - JULY 28
Instructors: PHILLIPS K
Description: This course aims to introduce ethical principles through the investigation of a variety of contemporary moral issues. The questions we will investigate include: Under what circumstances, if any, is abortion morally justifiable? What are the limits on genetic enhancement and human cloning? Should we allow torture in certain grave circumstances where the greater good is at stake? How extensive are our moral duties when it comes to helping developing nations and what kind of aid is permissible or required for the residents of such nations? Is there ever a good reason to censor hate speech, pornography or other potentially offensive content? What kind of individual duties and requirements are demanded of us in light of environmental research regarding the impact of human actions on global warming? Through these and other related inquiries, students will develop critical thinking skills and enhance basic argumentative writing skills.
Clusters: H1INT007, H1PH001, H1PHL001, H1PHL002, H1PHL003, H1PHL004, H1SUS001, N1SUS001, S1PSC010, S1SUS001

CRN Course Course Title Term Credits Status
59563 PHL 103 CONTEMPORARY MORAL PROBLEMS Spring 2014 4.0 Open
Schedule:
Day Begin End Building Room
TR 940 1055 LATT 201
Enrollment: Section Enroll     
59
Section Cap     
80
Instructors: FITZPATRICK W
Final Exam Schedule: LATT 201 on 0508 at 1600
Description: An introduction to moral philosophy as applied to current topics. Some questions to be explored: Is torture morally permissible in the fight against terrorism? Is it okay to destroy embryos for stem cell research? Can abortion sometimes be justified? How? Is active euthanasia ever permissible? Is capital punishment justifiable in principle? In practice? How far does our moral duty to aid distant strangers extend? What sorts of political and socioeconomic principles are morally justifiable? Do animals have moral rights? How should we understand the meaning and value of life and death? We will also explore related general questions: Is it always possible for a good enough end to justify bad means? What is the relation, if any, between morality and religion? Are there objective facts about right or wrong, or is morality ultimately subjective or relative to cultures or times? Are there situations in which every available action is wrong?
Coursework/Exams: Two papers (4-5 pages each). Midterm and final exams.
Clusters: H1INT007, H1PH001, H1PHL001, H1PHL002, H1PHL003, H1PHL004, H1SUS001, N1SUS001, S1PSC010, S1SUS001

CRN Course Course Title Term Credits Status
61395 PHL 103 CONTEMPORARY MORAL PROBLEMS Fall 2014 4.0 Open
Schedule:
Day Begin End Building Room
TR 940 1055 LATT 201
Enrollment: Section Enroll     
59
Section Cap     
75
Instructors: FITZPATRICK W
Description: An introduction to moral philosophy as applied to current topics. Some questions to be explored: Is torture morally permissible in the fight against terrorism? Is it okay to destroy embryos for stem cell research? Can abortion sometimes be justified? How? Is active euthanasia ever permissible? Is capital punishment justifiable in principle? In practice? How far does our moral duty to aid distant strangers extend? What sorts of political and socioeconomic principles are morally justifiable? Do animals have moral rights? How should we understand the meaning and value of life and death? We will also explore related general questions: Is it always possible for a good enough end to justify bad means? What is the relation, if any, between morality and religion? Are there objective facts about right or wrong, or is morality ultimately subjective or relative to cultures or times? Are there situations in which every available action is wrong?
Clusters: H1INT007, H1PH001, H1PHL001, H1PHL002, H1PHL003, H1PHL004, H1SUS001, N1SUS001, S1PSC010, S1SUS001

CRN Course Course Title Term Credits Status
59804 PHL 103 MORAL PROBLEMS Fall 2013 4.0 Open
Schedule:
Day Begin End Building Room
TR 940 1055 LATT 201
Enrollment: Section Enroll     
71
Section Cap     
75
Instructors: FITZPATRICK W
Final Exam Schedule: LATT 201 on 1220 at 1600
Description: An introduction to moral philosophy as applied to current topics. Some questions to be explored: Is torture morally permissible in the fight against terrorism? Is it okay to destroy embryos for stem cell research? Can abortion sometimes be justified? How? Is active euthanasia ever permissible? Is capital punishment justifiable in principle? In practice? How far does our moral duty to aid distant strangers extend? What sorts of political and socioeconomic principles are morally justifiable? Do animals have moral rights? How should we understand the meaning and value of life and death? We will also explore related general questions: Is it always possible for a good enough end to justify bad means? What is the relation, if any, between morality and religion? Are there objective facts about right or wrong, or is morality ultimately subjective or relative to cultures or times? Are there situations in which every available action is wrong?
Coursework/Exams: Two papers (4-5 pages each); midterm and final exams
Clusters: H1INT007, H1PH001, H1PHL001, H1PHL002, H1PHL003, H1PHL004, H1SUS001, N1SUS001, S1PSC010, S1SUS001