An introductory course to a systematic field of philosophy, history, philosophical movement, or set of philosophical problems. May be repeated for credit with different topics.
Fall Semester informationEmily McWilliams
209A: Tps:Moral Issues in Public and Private
This course will give students the opportunity to think carefully and critically about the moral issues that shape our lives in public and private. We will begin by studying some of the most influential philosophical theories of what morality consists in, and how we should make moral decisions. Then, we will use these theoretical tools to consider a number of difficult moral and social issues, including wealth and poverty, climate justice, duties to aid refugees, the ethics of intimate relationships, and matters of diversity and equality. We will use each of these topics as a means of exploring both how philosophical theories can help us answer moral questions on the ground, and what reflection on particular topics can teach us about the philosophical theories themselves.