Ethics: Values and Choices
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Course Number: NPHI 2501
Course Format: Lecture
Permission Required: No
- Ethics & Social Responsibility
Ethical questions arise every day of our lives. We are often frustrated and discouraged, as ethics is not a science. Even philosophical opinions vary. Skepticism, relativism, and extreme individualism get in the way of attaining moral certainty and doing what is right. Yet we continue to search for goodness. In this course, we confront the difficulties head-on. First we consider two philosophical accounts of the basis for moral decision making, Kant's ethics of duty and Mill's and Singer's ethics of usefulness. Then we think philosophically about specific ethical problems and moral dilemmas, mostly concerning issues of life and death.