Honors Program

PHIL 11100: Honors Ethics

Honors Ethics (PHIL 11100)

This course fulfills the Humanistic and Artistic Ways of Knowing (B.6) General Education Requirement (or Area IV under the old General Education Program)

Business majors in the Honors Program have priority registration for this course.

Instructor:  Dr. Abe Schwab

We are all faced with ethical questions every day.  What you consider right or of moral value might not be by someone else. How do we determine standards of right conduct?  What are our moral responsibilities?  This course will approach such questions both from a theoretical and practical point of view.  The course will grapple with thorny problems such as: abortion, capital punishment, medical ethics, racial and gender discrimination, and war and peace.  Ethical questions often overlap with legal, religious, social, and political issues.  Students will be encouraged to discuss and defend their views, and develop their skills in critical analysis.  Readings will be drawn from the works of such philosophers as Aristotle, Kant, Mill, and Hume.  Several U.S. Supreme Court decisions will also be read.