Philosophy 390

PHIL 390: Ethical Theory

Prerequisite: Three hours of philosophy

Credit Hours: (3)

This course is an in-depth examination of perennial problems and issues in ethical theory. Texts of major philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Hume, and Kant are used to focus discussion of topics such as the nature of justice, happiness and the good life, duty and moral obligation, and moral virtue.


Detailed Description of the Content of the Course

This course deals with different ethical theories, how those theories have been interpreted and applied during the course of the history of human society, and an evaluation of the significance of those theories. Specific topics will be dealt with as the course follows the organization and content of the primary text.


Detailed Description of the Conduct of the Course

This course will follow the lecture/discussion method. Student participation in class discussion will be required. Students will be expected to master all assignments thoroughly and to be able to discuss the materials.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

Students should:

1. Develop an awareness of difficult procedures for making ethical decisions.
2. Understand that a "borrowed morality" is relatively useless and therefore they must digest all that they know and create their own morality.
3. Acquire a desire and an ability to think deeply about ethical issues.


Assessment Measures

There will generally be a mid-term and a final examination. Students may also be required to present a term paper.


Other Course Information

This course is a core requirement for Philosophy and Religious Studies majors with a concentration in philosophy.


Approval and Subsequent Reviews

July 1991 None Charles D. Taylor
May 1994 None Kim J. Kipling
May 1995 Catalog entry revised Kim J. Kipling
January 27, 1997 Course title, number, and prerequisite change Approved by VPAA
April 17, 1998 Reviewed Kim Kipling
September 18, 2001 Reviewed Kim Kipling