The Philosophical Study of Right and Wrong
Appreciate the advantages of studying Ethics in a college setting
Understand the nature of Ethics and how it's different than the Law
Understand the three major stages of intellectual development
Philosophy & Moral Values
Why take this Class?
• Our class is grounded in theory and practical application
• You will practice presenting coherent and organized philosophical arguments
• You will move closer to Perry’s Critical Thinking stage of development
How We Often Determine our Values
• Our moral values are the principles of conduct we deem important
• Our values vary from different people, places, and times
• Our values are not complex enough to be ethical systems
• General Principles
• "Bumper Sticker Philosophy"
• Problem: This is too general to be an ethical theory
• Practical Conclusions
• Focused on consequences which may lead to obscene actions
• Problem: Inadequate for many ethical dilemmas be an ethical theory
• Emotional Pronouncements
• "I think it's wrong because it makes me feel bad"
• Problem: Emotions are inconsistent
Role of Moral Philosophy
• Study and debate of ethics has been with us for thousands of years
• Ethics is concerned with big moral questions, like:
• What is good?
• What is the difference between good and bad?
• What does it mean to live a good life?
• Why should we be good?