PHI 110 - Contemporary Moral Problems
This course is intended for the beginning student in philosophy. In this course students, after acquiring basic argumentative skills and some background in moral theory, will examine several different contemporary moral problems. The moral problems discussed may include: the legalization of narcotic drugs, abortion, affirmative action, euthanasia, capital punishment, the ethical treatment of animals, etc. The purpose of the class is to discuss the above issues from a reasoned, philosophical perspective. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
Identify the basic elements of sound reasoning and make a cogent argument for a position.
Present the major philosophical problems discussed in class.
Analyze the major philosophical problems discussed in class.
Present the ethical theories discussed in class.
Explain the ethical theories discussed in class.
Identify the philosophers discussed in class and present their views.
Critique the views of the philosophers discussed in class.
Formulate and rationally defend an ethical position on a contemporary moral problem.
Apply the philosophical method of argumentation to issues in daily life.
Lecture Hours: 3
Course Prerequisites: ENG 100