SMC 2301: Ethics


This course will help students develop their capacity for moral reasoning. We begin by facing the challenge of moral relativism and its implications for moral theory. After establishing that moral theory is (at least) possible, we consider a number of different theories and evaluate their merits. To get a clearer picture of the difficulties attending the application of these theories, we confront pressing moral problems like our duties to other human beings, animals, and the natural environment; the permissibility of abortion, euthanasia, and capital punishment; and appropriate responses to war, global poverty, and social inequality.


-Timmons, Mark. Moral Theory: An Introduction (Second Edition). New York: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2012.

-Timmons, Mark. Disputed Moral Issues: A Reader (Second Edition). Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.


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