Major Works of Moral Philosophy (HUM 317)

2021 Spring
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Humanities(HUM)
3
5.00 / 5.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Elif Yavnık eyavnik@sabanciuniv.edu,
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English
Undergraduate
HUM202 SPS102 HUM201 SPS101 HUM207
Formal lecture,Interactive lecture,Field work/field study/on-the-job,Recitation
Interactive,Communicative,Discussion based learning,Project based learning
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CONTENT

This course examines the main moral theories and their applications to various aspects of human life. Moral theories to be discussed include virtue ethics, deontology and consequentialism, which will be investigated through the major works of philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Mill and Nietzsche.

OBJECTIVE

To introduce students to the historical and contemporary views and discussions in ethics, as well as to help them develop skills to morally assess situations of moral relevance.

LEARNING OUTCOME

Gaining familiarity with the prominent perspectives and discussions in moral philosophy.
Acquiring moral literacy in order to evaluate and form informed opinions on contemporary moral problems.
Learning how to research and prepare a moral debate for presentation in public.
Developing skills to form and express one's opinion in a clear and organized fashion.

ASSESSMENT METHODS and CRITERIA

  Percentage (%)
Final 35
Midterm 30
Participation 10
Written Report 15
Presentation 10

RECOMENDED or REQUIRED READINGS

Readings

Plato, Republic, selection
James Rachels, ?The Challenge of Cultural Relativism?, selection
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, selection
Kant, Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals, selection
Mill, Utilitarianism, selection
Nietzsche, Genealogy of Morals, selection
Virginia Held, ?Care and Justice in the Global Context?
Peter Singer, ?Experimentation with Animals?
Andrew McLaughlin, ?The Heart of Deep Ecology?
Arne Naess, The Ecology of Wisdom, selection
Creel and Hellman, ?The Algorithmic Leviathan: Arbitrariness, Fairness, and Opportunity in Algorithmic Decision Making Systems?
Peter Singer, ?Famine, Affluence, and Morality?
Janet Kourany, ?Human Enhancement: Making the Debate MoreProductive?