Timetable

  • Check back regularly! Things may change as the class progresses
  • Class presentations are available:
    • As downloadable handouts - Handout
    • To view online - Presentation

Deadlines for graded assignments are highlighted thus:
See 'Assessment' page for more details

Tue

Aug 29

General introduction:

  • Essential philosophical skills.  Handout   Presentation

Thu

Aug 31

Argument:

  • Arguments: good, bad and ugly.   Handout   Presentation

Tue

Sep 5

Free speech:

  • No reading

Thu

Sep 7

Ethics:

  • Theory & practice.   Handout   Presentation
  • Reading
    • Chapter 1 Intro. pp.3-13.

Tue

Sep 12

1:45pm

In Class Group Project 1:
The Bad Argument Assignment

 

Thu

Sep 14

Abortion background

  • Reading
    • Chapter 8 Intro. pp.163-174.  Handout   Presentation

Tue

Sep 19

Personhood and potential:

  • Reading
    • 'Why Abortion is Immoral.' Don Marquis. pp.194-.  Handout   Presentation

Thu

Sep 21

Rights and persons:

  • Reading
    • 'A Defense of Abortion.' Judith Jarvis Thomson. pp.175-.  Handout   Presentation

Fri

Sep 22

11:55pm

Quiz 1

 

 

Tue

Sep 26

Review quiz 1

  • No reading

Thu

Sep 28

Environment

  • Reading
    • Chapter 15 Intro. pp.451-460.  Handout   Presentation

Tue

Oct 3

Environment

  • Reading
    • 'The Ethics of Respect for Nature.' Paul W Taylor. pp.465-.  Handout   Presentation

Thu

Oct 5

Saving endangered species

  • Reading
    • 'On the Origin of Species Notions and Their Ethical Limitations.' Mark Greene. On Sakai@UDHandout   Presentation

Sat

Oct 7

11:55pm

Quiz 2

 

 

Tue

Oct 10

Select 'Student Choice' topic(s) for Oct 31 & Nov 2

Review of Quiz 2

  • No Reading

Thu

Oct 12

'The Problem We All Live With'. Affirmative action background:  Handout   Presentation

  • Reading
    • Chapter 18 Intro. pp.597-605.

Tue

Oct 17

For & against affirmative action:  Handout   Presentation

  • Reading
    • 'Reverse Discrimination as Unjustified.' Lisa H Newton. pp.606-
    • 'In Defense of Affirmative Action.' Tom L Beauchamp. pp.625-

Thu

Oct 19

Heritability & race

  • Reading
    • 'How Heritability Misleads About Race.' Ned Block. On Sakai@UDHandout   Presentation

Sun

Oct 22

11:55pm

Quiz 3

 

 

Tue

Oct 24

The Philosophers' Arms: Equal pay for equal work

  • No Reading

Thu

Oct 26

Selection for Disability:

  • Reading
    • 'Everworse: What's Wrong With Selecting for Disability.' Mark Greene & Steven Augello. On Sakai@UD.

Tue

Oct 31

Student Choice 1: Drugs

  • Readings
    • Chapter 12 Intro.

Thu

Nov 2

Student Choice 2: Guns

  • No reading but do some digging
    • How many US gun deaths have there been since the Las Vegas shooting on Oct 1 2017?
    • How do US gun death rates compare with other countries?
    • What about overall homicide rates?
    • How many US homicides are prevented annually by a privately owned firearm?

Fri

Nov 3

11:55pm

Quiz 4

 

 

Tue

Nov 7

Universal healthcare:

  • Why the US system is insane but not evil.   Handout   Presentation
  • No Reading

Thu

Nov 9

War & Terrorism:  Handout   Presentation

  • Readings
    • Chapter 17 Intro.

Tue

Nov 14

Terrorism:  Handout   Presentation

  • Reading
    • 'Can Terrorism be Morally Jusified?' Stephen Nathanson. pp.577-.

Thu

Nov 16

Torture

  • Reading
    • 'Torture, Morality, and Law.' Jeff McMahan. On Sakai@UD.

Fri

Nov 17

11:55pm

Quiz 5

 

 

Tue

Nov 28

Utilitarianism & Global Justice

  • Reading
    • 'Famine, Affluence, and Morality.' Peter Singer. pp.660-.

Thu

Nov 30

Libertarianism & Global Justice

  • Reading
    • 'The Entitlement Theory of Justice.' Robert Nozick. pp.651-.

Tue

Dec 5

1:45pm

In Class Group Project 3:
Bad Argument Assignment - Redux

 

Thu

Dec 7

Review: Optional

  • Come with your questions about the final quiz..

Sun

Dec 10

11:55pm

Quiz 6