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 28

General Introduction

  • Essential philosophical skills.  Handout   Presentation

Thu

Aug 30

Philosophy

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

Tue

Sep 4

The Survival Lottery  Handout   Presentation

  • Reading
    • Harris, John (1975). "The Survival Lottery." Philosophy 50(191): 81-87. Via UD Library.

Thu

Sep 6

12:15pm

In Class Group Project: Survival Lottery Abstract

  • 150 word max: Strictly enforced.

Tue

Sep 11

Review of Survival Lottery abstract

 

How bad is it to let people die?

  • Reading
    • Singer, Peter (1972). "Famine, affluence, and morality." Philosophy and Public Affairs 1(3): 229-243. Via UD Library.

Thu

Sep 13

12:15pm

In Class Group Project: Bad Argument Assignment

 

 

Tue

Sep 18

Active & passive euthanasia

  • Reading
    • Rachels, James (1975). "Active and Passive Euthanasia." New England Journal of Medicine 292: 78-80. Via UD Library.

Thu

Sep 20

Re-thinking the ethics of drowning your cousin

  • Reading
    • Kagan, Shelly (1988). "The Additive Fallacy." Ethics 99(1): 5-31. Via UD Library.

Mon

Sep 24

11:55pm

Deadline: Abstract of 'Turning the Trolley'

  • 150 word max: Strictly enforced.
  • Not a group project: Collaboration encouraged but individual submission required.
  • No late submissions accepted after start of next class!

Tue

Sep 25

Runaway Trolleys

  • Reading
    • Thomson, Judith Jarvis (2008). "Turning the Trolley." Philosophy & Public Affairs 36(4): 359-374. Via UD Library.

Thu

27

Distinguishing doing and allowing

  • Reading
    • Bennett, Jonathan (1993). "Negation and Abstention: Two Theories of Allowing." Ethics 104(1): 75-96. Via UD Library.

Tue

Oct 2

Negative and Positive Duties

  • Reading
    • Trammell, Richard L. (1975). "Saving Life and Taking Life." The Journal of Philosophy 72(5): 131-137. Via UD Library.

Thu

Oct 4

Paper Writing  Handout   Presentation

 

Tue

Oct 9

Review & critique of doing / allowing distinctions

  • Reading
    • Draper, Kai (2005). "Rights and the Doctrine of Doing and Allowing." Philosophy & Public Affairs 33(3): 253-280.
      Intro and Part I - pp.253-268. Via UD Library.

Thu

Oct 11

A distinction based on rights

  • Reading
    • Draper, Kai (2005). "Rights and the Doctrine of Doing and Allowing." Philosophy & Public Affairs 33(3): 253-280.
      Part II - pp.268-280. Via UD Library.

Tue

Oct 16

Self-defense

  • Reading
    • Quong, J. (2009). "Killing in Self‐Defense." Ethics 119(3): 507-537. Via UD Library.

Thu

Oct 18

Collateral Casualties

  • Reading
    • Rodin, David (2004). "Terrorism Without Intention." Ethics 114(4): 752-771. Via UD Library.

Tue

Oct 23

Review

  • Reading
    • Howard-Snyder, Frances (2011). "Doing vs. Allowing Harm." Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. On the web.

Thu

Oct 25

Target Selection

  • Group Work
    • Form groups of 2 or 3 to work on your focused exegesis and preliminary abstract assignment.
    • If you plan to work in a group for your final paper, that should be your group for this task.
    • If you plan to work alone for you final paper it is best, though not essential, to team up with someone else working on the same topic, or at least a related topic.
    • See the assignment details for for guidance on where this is heading.

Tue

Oct 30

Target Refinement

  • Group Work
    • Continue group work on the Focused Exegesis and Preliminary Abstract assignment.

Tue

Oct 30

11:55pm

Deadline: Preliminary Abstract & Exegesis

  • Submit abstract & exegesis in one document.
  • Max 1000 words (150 for abstract).
    • The appropriate word count depends on the specific exegetical needs of your project and is likely to be far less than the max.
  • Don't forget to check assignment details and follow paper submission requirements!

Thu

Nov 1

Presentations

Tue

Nov 6

No Class: Election Day

Thu

Nov 8

Presentations

Tue

Nov 13

Presentations

Thu

Nov 15

Presentations

Sun

Nov 18

11:55pm

Deadline: Abstract & Paper, first version

  • Submit abstract & paper in one document.
  • Max 3000 words (150 for abstract).
    • The max is not a target you must shoot for. The appropriate length depends on your specific project and is likely to be far shorter.
  • Don't forget to check assignment details and follow paper submission requirements!

Tue

Nov 27

Individual discussion of papers

  • No regular class.
  • Check for Canvas@UD your time.

Thu

Nov 29

Individual discussion of papers

  • No regular class.
  • Check for Canvas@UD your time.

Tue

Dec 4

The Philosopher's Arms

  • No Reading

Thu

Dec 6

Review: Optional

  • Attend if you have last minute questions about your paper.

Fri

Dec 7

11:55pm

Deadine: Abstract & Paper, final version

  • Submit abstract & paper in one document.
  • Max 3000 words (150 for abstract).
    • The max is not a target you must shoot for. The appropriate length depends on your specific project and is likely to be far shorter.
  • Don't forget to check assignment details and follow paper submission requirements!