Basic study of theoretical and applied philosophical ethics, covering the major philosophical approaches to ethics, including relativism, religious ethics, egoism, utilitarianism, and deontological ethics. These theories are then applied to the critical analysis of real world controversies involving topics such as euthanasia, capital punishment, individual liberty, discrimination, and the human relation to animals. Throughout, emphasis is placed on the role of rational argumentation in justifying ethical opinions.

3 Credits: 3 Lecture