Phil 2050-14

Ethics Course I am teaching in Spring of 2022.

By Montaque Reynolds in Teaching Ethics

January 18, 2022

Hopefully this will allow you to access course content quickly and easily. It is easier for me to maintain and you might have found that it was simply a click from Canvas. I will post the weekly assignments and lecture slides and notes from the previous week. The 5 numbers at the end of the links under “Lecture slides and notes” correspond to the Monday of the week’s lectures comprising that slide.

Required Readings

(LTL): Ayer, A. J. Language, Truth and Logic. Vol. 47. 1. V. Gollancz, 1936.

(TML): Pojman, Louis P., and Lewis Vaughn. The Moral Life: An Introductory Reader in Ethics and Literature. SIXTH EDITION. New York: Oxford University Press, 2018.

(Mill): Mill, John Stuart, and George Sher. Utilitarianism (Second Edition). Hackett Publishing, 2002.

(Kant): Kant, Immanuel, James W. Ellington, and Immanuel Kant. Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals ; with, On a Supposed Right to Lie Because of Philanthropic Concerns. 3rd ed. Indianapolis: Hackett Pub. Co, 1993.

Assigned Readings

Week Reading Location
Week 1 (Jan 18—Jan 21) Lord of the Flies TML 10—30
State of Nature TML, 40—48
Week 2 (Jan 24—Jan 28) Ayer LTL, 5—9
Ayer LTL, 10—16
Week 3 (Jan 31—Feb 4) Ayer LTL, 33—45
Week 4 (Feb 7—Feb11) Foot TML, 90—98
Judge Not? TML, 145—153
Week 5 (Feb 14—Feb 18) Trying out one’s new sword TML, 154—159
Week 6 (Feb 21—Feb 25) Mill Mill, 6—12
Mill Mill, 12—26
Mill Mill, 27—34
Week 7 (Feb 28—Mar 4) Mill Mill, 35—41
Mill Mill, 42—53
Mill Mill, 53—64
Week 8 (Mar 7—Mar 11) Against Utilitarianism TML, 211—221
Euthyphro Handout, 1—12
Euthyphro Handout, to end
Week 9 (Mar 14—Mar 18) No classes
Week 10 (Mar 21—Mar 25) Kant Kant, 7—17
Kant Kant, 19—30
Kant Kant, 31—41
Week 11 (Mar 28—Apr 1) Why Should We Be Moral? TML, 468
The Ring of Gyges TML, 469—476
In Defense of Ethical Egoism TML, 477—485
Week 12 (Apr 4—Apr 8) The Good Brahmin TML, 513—514
Hedonism TML, 515—521
The Human Search for Meaning TML, 529—535
Week 13 (Apr 11—Apr 15) Intuitionism TML, 252—264
A Defense of Abortion Handout
Free Speech Handout
Week 14 (Apr 18—Apr 22) Hate Speech TML, 656—663
Nicomachean Ethics Handout
Nicomachean Ethics Handout
Week 15 (Apr 25—Apr 29) Virtue Theory and Abortion Handout
Ethics of Care Handout
Ethics of Care Handout
Week 16 (May 2—May 6) The Fragility of Goodness Handout
The Fragility of Goodness Handout
The Golden Bowl Handout