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

Feb 6

General Introduction

  • Essential philosophical skills.  Handout   Presentation

Thu

Feb 8

Intro: Arguments

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

Tue

Feb 13

Intro: Ethics

  • Ethical theories  Handout   Presentation

 

Thu

Feb 15

9:15pm

The Survival Lottery  Handout   Presentation

  • Reading
    • John Harris, 'The Survival Lottery.' (Ch.49, pp.437-)

Tue

Feb 20

In Class Group Project 1:
'Survival Lottery' Abstract

  • 150 word max: Strictly enforced
  • Groups assigned in class

Thu

Feb 22

9:15am

Review of 'Survival Lottery' abstract

Is there a duty to die?

Tue

Feb 27

Limits of patient autonomy

  • Reading
    • Ronald Dworkin, 'Life Past Reason.' (Ch.35, pp.333-)

Thu

Mar 1

9:15am

In Class Group Project 2:
The Bad Argument Assignment

  • Groups assigned in class.

Tue

Mar 6

Euthanasia 1

  • Reading
    • James Rachels, 'Active and Passive Euthanasia.' (Ch.24, pp.248-)

Thu

Mar 8

Euthanasia 2

Tue

Mar 13

Abortion 1

  • The abortion debate  Handout   Presentation

Wed

Mar 14

11:55pm

Deadline: Abstract of the Famous Violinist argument from 'A Defense of Abortion'

  • 150 word max: Strictly enforced
  • Not a group project: Collaboration encouraged but individual submission required.
  • Late submissions will not be accepted!

Thu

Mar 15

Abortion 2

  • Reading
    • Judith Jarvis Thomson, 'A Defense of Abortion.' (Ch.3, pp.38-)  Handout   Presentation

Tue

Mar 20

Abortion 3

  • Reading
    • Don Marquis, 'Why Abortion is Immoral.' (Ch.4, pp.49-)  Handout   Presentation

Thu

Mar 22

Performance enhancing drugs

  • Reading
    • Julian Savulescu et al, 'Why We Should Allow Performance Enhancing Drugs in Sport.' (On the web)

Tue

Apr 3

US healthcare

  • Presentation
    • What's Not to Like about Universal Healthcare?  Handout   Presentation
  • Reading
    • Peter Singer, 'Why We Must Ration Health Care.' (On the web)

Thu

Apr 5

Medical Error

Tue

Apr 10

Paper Writing  Handout   Presentation

 

Thu

Apr 12

Selection for disability

  • Reading
    • Mark Greene & Steve Augello, 'Everworse: What's wrong with selecting for disability?' (ViaCanvas@UD.)

Tue

Apr 17

Mutual Aid and Comfort Class

  • 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

Apr 17

11:55pm

Deadline: Preliminary Abstract & Exegesis

  • Submit abstract & exegesis in one document.
    • Max 1000 words (150 for abstract).
    • Don't forget to check assignment details and follow paper submission requirements!

Thu

Apr 19

Presentations

  • Gabby Kowalski
  • Ronnie Mikhail

Tue

Apr 24

Presentations

  • Erik Anderson
  • Rebecca DiCondina
  • Josh Jacob

Thu

Apr 26

Presentations

  • Kayla Martin & Kai Inguito
  • Amy Andre, Kara Piotrowski, & Jennifer Haas
  • Emily Hodgkins

Tue

May 1

Presentations

  • Anna Platt & Leah McGoldrick
  • Jennifer Breyer
  • Katie Kalinowski

Thu

May 3

Presentations

  • Donna Wood
  • Jess Natriello
  • Emily Reinkraut

Fri

May 4

11:55pm

Deadline: Abstract & Paper, first version

  • Submit abstract & paper in one document.
    • Max 3000 words (150 for abstract).
    • Don't forget to check assignment details and follow paper submission requirements!

Tue

May 8

Individual discussion of papers

Thu

May 10

Individual discussion of papers

Tue

May 15

Review: Optional

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

Wed

May 16

11:55pm

Deadine: Abstract & Paper, final version

  • Submit abstract & paper in one document.
    • Max 3000 words (150 for abstract).
    • Don't forget to check assignment details and follow paper submission requirements!