Liberal Arts > Philosophy

General Information


I. Catalog Course Description

Provides an introduction to representative classical ethical theories.


II. Course Objectives and Linkage to General Education Program

The information in the parentheses after a course objective refers to the specific general education (GE) learning outcome that the objective meets. Objectives without this information are not linked to WNC’s general education program.

Students who pass this course must demonstrate they can:

  • Identify and explain major branches of moral philosophy; (GE1)
  • identify and explain key concepts of moral philosophy; (GE1)
  • identify and differentiate between key philosophers of moral philosophy; (GE1)
  • critically analyze and interpret primary texts of moral philosophy; and (GE2)
  • research a significant social or ethical issue and create an original response to solving this issue. (GE2, GE4, GE6)

III. Topics

  • Developing Ethics and Moral Philosophy
    • What are moral questions?
    • The challenge of cultural relativism
    • Subjectivism in ethics
  • Identifying contemporary moral issues
    • Environment
    • Economic justice
    • Healthcare issues
    • Human Rights
    • Identity
  • Religion and Morality
    • Divine Command Theory
    • Natural Law
  • Virtue Ethics
    • Plato
    • Aristotle
    • Nietzsche
  • Thomas Hobbes and the Social Contract
  • Kant and the Categorical Imperative
  • John Stuart Mill and Utilitarianism
  • Feminism and the Ethics of Care
  • Ethical Egoism
  • Applying Moral Philosophy
    • Analyzing contemporary issues with different ethical theories
    • Creating solutions to contemporary ethical issues

Scheduled PHIL-135 classes:

Fall 2019