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

Sep 1

General Introduction

  • Essential philosophical skills.  Handout   Presentation

Thu

Sep 3

Philosophy

  • Arguments: good, bad and ugly.   Handout   Presentation

Tue

Sep 8

The Survival Lottery  Handout   Presentation

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

Thu

Sep 10

1:45pm

In Class Group Project: Survival Lottery Abstract

  • 150 word max: Strictly enforced.

Tue

Sep 15

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

Thu

Sep 17

1:45pm

In Class Group Project: Bad Argument Assignment

 

 

Tue

Sep 22

Active & passive euthanasia

  • Reading
    • Rachels, James (1975). "Active and Passive Euthanasia." New England Journal of Medicine 292: 78-80. (Reprinted in Steinbock, Bonnie and Norcross, Alastair, Eds. (1994). Killing and Letting Die. New York, NY, Fordham University Press.)

Thu

Sep 24

Re-thinking the ethics of drowning your cousin

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

Mon

Sep 28

11:55pm

Deadline: Abstract of 'Turning the Trolley'

  • 150 word max: Strictly enforced
  • Not a group project: Collaboration encouraged but individual submission required

Tue

Sep 29

Runaway Trolleys

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

Thu

Oct 1

Distinguishing doing and allowing

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

Tue

Oct 6

Negative and Positive Duties

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

Thu

Oct 8

Paper Writing  Handout   Presentation

 

Tue

Oct 13

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.

Thu

Oct 15

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.

Tue

Oct 20

Self-defense

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

Thu

Oct 22

Collateral Casualties

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

Tue

Oct 27

Review

  • Reading - on the web

Thu

Oct 29

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

Nov 3

Target Refinement

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

Tue

Nov 3

11:55pm

Deadline: Preliminary Abstract & Exegesis

 

 

Thu

Nov 5

Presentations

  • Brittany Welch
  • Ju-Juanna Perkins
  • Twoey Marconi
  • Molly Hans

Tue

Nov 10

Presentations

  • Shannon Burke
  • Emily Fishbein
  • Matthew Sikina & Brad Dreibelbis
  • Kasey Verducci & Katie Williams

Thu

Nov 12

Presentations

  • Julian Lang
  • Siena Muscovich
  • Brooke Spicer, Saumya Sharan, & Becca Charnley
  • Carley Wooden

Tue

Nov 17

Presentations

  • Gabrielle Pirro & Shubi Bose
  • Jessica Geary
  • Christopher Dempsey
  • Emily Chernow & Stephanie Pinilla

Thu

Nov 19

Presentations

  • Cheyenne Watson & Jesse Fastenberg
  • Hadassah Crawford
  • Elise Mugford, Jordan Abrams, & Stephanie D’Angelo
  • Runcheng Liao

Sun

Nov 22

11:55pm

Deadline: Abstract & Paper, first version

 

 

Tue

Dec 1

The Philosopher's Arms

  • No Reading

Thu

Dec 3

Individual discussion of papers

Tue

Dec 8

Individual discussion of papers

Thu

Dec 10

Review: Optional

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

Fri

Dec 11

11:55pm

Deadine: Abstract & Paper, final version