01:30 PM to 02:45 PM MW
Section Information for Fall 2021
The fundamental question of ethics is: how should I live my life? In this course, we will explore ethics through its connection to and interaction with four major spheres of our everyday lives: happiness and well-being, ethical judgment, relationships, and the intersection of ethics and politics. Within those broader themes, students will read excerpts of traditional philosophical works, including works by Aristotle, Immanuel Kant, and J.S. Mill, but then focus on contemporary works that challenge and modernize those traditional works, including works by Hannah Arendt, Joseph Stramondo, Sara Ahmed, Maria Lugones, and Alexis Shotwell. Students will be challenged to charitably read and explain a variety of philosophical theories, concepts, and arguments as well as develop and defend their own ethical positions. Dialogue and writing will be the primary modes of learning and evaluation. This course does not include lectures. Instead, students will be expected to develop understanding of readings in dialogue during synchronous online class meetings and one-on-on conversations with their peers outside of class. They will be challenged to understand and engage empathetically with positions they deeply disagree with. They will have the chance to hone their ability to write engagingly for a broad public audience with a series of targeted writing exercises, multiple paper drafts, and regular opportunities for instructor and peer feedback.
PHIL 151 DL1 is a distance education section.