|2||Individual Morality & Social Justice||Rudolph||MTuWTh 12-2||103 Moffitt|
This course is a historical and contemporary introduction to philosophical thought about morality and social justice. Through careful study of a variety of texts, we will address questions such as: What makes an action right or wrong? Does morality depend on culture? Should we always do what has the best consequences, or are there some kinds of actions that we ought never to perform, no matter the consequences? What is the best kind of life a human being can live? Do the answers to these questions change depending on whether we begin from male-dominated perspective? In addition to learning about prominent theoretical approaches to morality from the Western tradition, we will also discuss some important contemporary moral and political issues, such as abortion, euthanasia, race relations, and free speech. No prior experience in philosophy is required.