Winter Term 2010

All assignments are in Pojman and are to be read for the date on which they are listed.
Some advice on READING PHILOSOPHY
 *Readings that discuss the Holocaust 
AUTHOR TIMELINE
DATE ASSIGNMENT & TOPIC
Week 1
January 4
Introduction to the course: 
The challenge of ethics
January 6 Why Should We Be Moral? 
January 8
    Colson: "The Volunteer at Auschwitz" [handout]
*Online* READING QUIZ #1
The weekly reading quizzes will be taken on blackboard and will be due by class time on the date they are listed in the syllabus, normally a Wednesday. Exceptions are noted in red.
Week 2
January 11
What is the Purpose of Morality?
  • Golding - pp. 8-31. "Lord of the Flies"
1st week ethical issue assignment is due at class
January 13
  • Hobbes - pp. 41-52. Hobbes' view of why and how we form a society.
*Online* READING QUIZ #2
January 15 Good & Evil:
  • *Hallie - pp. 93-107. "From Cruelty to Goodness" 
Week 3
January 18
January 20 First Writing Assignment Due
*Online* READING QUIZ #3 due THURSDAY, January 21 by 11pm
January 22
Week 4
January 25
Utilitarianism:
January 27 Utilitarianism: Focus on consequences *Online* READING QUIZ #4
January 29 Evaluating Utilitarianism
Week 5
February 1
Evaluating Utilitarianism 
February 3 Evaluating Utilitarianism 
  • LeGuin - pp. 278-284. "The Ones who Walk Away from Omelas" 
  • Huxley - pp. 285-305. "Brave New World 


*Online* READING QUIZ #5

February 5 Deontology: The "rightness" of motives
Week 6
February 8
Deontology: The "rightness" of motives Second Writing Assignment Due
February 10
  • Bierce - pp. 356-361. "A Horseman in the Sky"
 Review for Midterm -- Midterm Study Guide
February 12 MIDTERM
Week 7
February 15
Virtue Ethics:

February 17
  • Mayo - pp. 425-430. "Virtue & the Moral Life"
February 19
  • Frankena - pp. 463-474. "A Critique of Virtue-Based Ethical Systems"
*Online* READING QUIZ #6
Week 8
February 22
February 24
  • Aristotle continued
February 26 Our Search for Meaning/The Nature of Freedom
  • *Frankl - pp. 630-637. "The Human Search for Meaning
Week 9
March 1
**NO CLASS**
March 3 International Justice/Response to Terrorism
Guest Lecturer: Dr. David Fisher
  • Nussbaum - pp 955-979. "Compassion and Terror"
*Online* READING QUIZ #7
Clear Third Writing Assignment Topic by Today
March 5
  • Nozick - pp. 644-647. "The Experience Machine"
Week 10
March 8
  • Siddhartha Gautama, The Buddha - pp. 638-643. "The Four Noble Truths"
Third Writing Assignment Due

March 10
  •  Camus -  "The Myth of Sysiphus" 
March 12 Closing Discussion & Review for the Final Exam
FINAL EXAM Study Guide
Final Exam Monday, March 15, 2010 at 10:00am - 12:00pm in our classroom