The Study of Right and Wrong.
• Appreciate why we study Ethics in a college setting
• Appreciate the importance of Critical Thinking in our moral lives
• Understand how to make a valid argument
• Reflect upon ways of living in a world filled with diverse ethical beliefs
"Bumper Sticker" Philosophy
Soundness (of an argument)
Why take this Class?
• It is grounded in theory and practical application
• You will practice presenting coherent and organized arguments
• You will move closer to Perry’s Critical Thinking stage of development
How We Usually Determine our Values
• General Principles
• "Bumper Sticker Philosophy"
• This is too general to be an ethical theory
• Practical Conclusions
• Concern with the consequence
• Inadequate for many ethical dilemmas be an ethical theory
• Emotional Pronouncements
• "I think it's wrong because it makes me feel bad"
• Emotions are inconsistent
Role of Moral Philosophy
• Study and debate of ethics continues after thousands of years
• Ethics is not a science, but that does not mean its arguments cannot be proven
• Ethical proofs are different, not inferior
• Complex scientific questions are just as debatable as complex ethical questions
• A compelling ethical argument may not sway others