Introduction to Ethics

Derek A. Leben, Introduction to Ethics, Fall 2017

Course Description:
All humans make judgments about actions that are permissible, forbidden, and required. In order to justify these judgments and make them consistent, a theory is needed. This class is an introduction to ethical theories, and is divided into two sections. The first half investigates the most successful ethical theories, and the second half applies these theories to specific topics in food production, medicine, war, and everyday life.

Required Texts:

Exploring Ethics by Steven Cahn (4th edition)

You are officially encouraged to buy your book at the campus bookstore. I am fine with purchasing copies of the book elsewhere (i.e., Amazon), but you are expected to have the book by the second class to keep up with the readings.

Syllabus: 

Derek A. Leben, Introduction to Ethics, Fall 2017

Course Description:

All humans make judgments about actions that are permissible, forbidden, and required. In order
to justify these judgments and make them consistent, a theory is needed. This class is an introduction to ethical theories, and is divided into two sections. The first half investigates the most successful ethical theories, and the second half applies these theories to specific topics in food production, medicine, war, and everyday life.

Required Texts:

Exploring Ethics by Steven Cahn

Syllabus: 

Derek A. Leben, Introduction to Ethics, Fall 2015

Course Description:

An examination of philosophical theories concerning good and evil, right and wrong, and virtue and vice, and their implications for some specific moral issues.

Required Texts:

Exploring Ethics by Steven Cahn

Syllabus: 

Derek A. Leben, Introduction to Ethics, Fall 2012

Course Description:

An examination of philosophical theories concerning good and evil, right and wrong, and virtue and vice, and their implications for some specific moral issues.

Required Texts:

Syllabus: 

Derek A. Leben, Introduction to Ethics, Fall 2013

Course Description:

An examination of philosophical theories concerning good and evil, right and wrong, and virtue and vice, and their implications for some specific moral issues.

Required Texts:

Exploring Ethics by Steven Cahn

Syllabus: 
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