Timetable

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  • Class presentations are available:
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Deadlines for graded assignments are highlighted thus:
See 'Assessment' page for more details

Tue

Aug 28

General introduction:

  • Essential philosophical skills.  Handout   Presentation

Thu

Aug 30

Argument:

  • Arguments: good, bad and ugly.   Handout   Presentation
  • Reading

Tue

Sep 4

Ethics:

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

Thu

Sep 6

Universal healthcare:

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

Tue

Sep 11

1:45pm

In Class Group Project 1:
The Bad Argument Assignment

 

Thu

Sep 13

Abortion background

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

Tue

Sep 18

Personhood and potential:

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

Thu

Sep 20

Rights and persons:

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

Sun

Sep 23

11:55pm

Quiz 1

 

 

Tue

Sep 25

Review quiz 1

  • No reading

Thu

Sep 27

Environment

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

Tue

Oct 2

Environment

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

Thu

Oct 4

Saving endangered species

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

Sun

Oct 7

11:55pm

Quiz 2

 

 

Tue

Oct 9

Select 'Student Choice' topic(s) for Oct 30 & Nov 1

Review of Quiz 2

  • No Reading

Thu

Oct 11

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

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

Tue

Oct 16

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 18

Heritability & race

  • Reading
    • 'How Heritability Misleads About Race.' Ned Block. Via UD LibraryHandout   Presentation

Sun

Oct 21

11:55pm

Quiz 3

 

 

Tue

Oct 23

Sex (In)Equality

Thu

Oct 25

Selection for Disability:

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

Tue

Oct 30

Student Choice 1: Taking the Knee

Thu

Nov 1

Student Choice 2: Recreational Drug Use and Regulation

  • Reading
    • Chapter 12 Intro.

Sun

Nov 4

11:55pm

Quiz 4

 

 

Tue

Nov 6

No Class: Election Day

Thu

Nov 8

War & Terrorism:  Handout   Presentation

  • Readings
    • Chapter 17 Intro.

Tue

Nov 13

Terrorism:  Handout   Presentation

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

Thu

Nov 15

Torture

  • Reading
    • 'Torture, Morality, and Law.' Jeff McMahan. Via UD Library.

Sun

Nov 18

11:55pm

Quiz 5

 

 

Tue

Nov 27

Utilitarianism & Global Justice

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

Thu

Nov 29

Libertarianism & Global Justice

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

Tue

Dec 4

1:45pm

In Class Group Project 3:
Bad Argument Assignment - Redux

 

Thu

Dec 6

Review: Optional

  • Come with your questions about the final quiz..

Sun

Dec 9

11:55pm

Quiz 6