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 7

General Introduction

  • Essential philosophical skills.  Handout   Presentation
  • Ethical theories  Handout   Presentation

Thu

Feb 9

Snowed off

Intro: Arguments (to Feb 21)

  • Arguments: good, bad and ugly.   Handout   Presentation

Tue

Feb 14

The Survival Lottery  Handout   Presentation

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

Thu

Feb 16

9:15pm

Deadline: In Class Group Project - 'Survival Lottery' Abstract

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

Tue

Feb 21

Review of Survival Lottery abstract

Intro: Arguments (from Feb 9)

Euthanasia 1 (To Feb 23. Sakai forum topic will stay open 'till Feb 23)

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

Thu

Feb 23

9:15am

Euthanasia 1 (from Feb 21) & 2

  • Reading
    • James Rachels (from Feb 21)
    • Shelly Kagan, 'The Additive Fallacy.' (Via UD Library.)

Tue

Feb 28

9:15am

In Class Group Project: Bad Argument Assignment

  • Groups assigned in class.

Thu

Mar 2

Is there a duty to die?

Tue

Mar 7

Limits of patient autonomy

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

Thu

Mar 9

Performance enhancing drugs

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

Tue

Mar 14

Abortion 1

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

Mon

Mar 15

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 16

Abortion 2

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

Tue

Mar 21

Sex selection !!REPLACED BY CONTINUED DISCUSSION OF ABORTION!!

  • Reading !!NO LONGER REQURED!!
    • The Ethics Committee of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, 'Sex Selection and Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis.' (Ch.12, pp.136-)
    • Julian Savulescu and Edgar Dahl, 'Sex Selection and Preimplantation Diagnosis: A Response.' (Ch.13, pp.141-)

Thu

Mar 23

Selection for disability

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

Tue

Apr 4

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 6

Paper Writing  Handout   Presentation

 

Tue

Apr 11

In Class Group Project: Challenging Argument Assignment

  • Assignment not due in class: See Deadline below.
  • You may use this assignment as groudwork for your final project, though you are not comitting yourself to anything at this stage.
  • Groups for this project are self-assigned (3 to 5 people).
    • Arrange your group ahead of time or join a group in class.
    • Option 1: The whole group may submit a joint assignment.
      • Include the name of every member of your group on your submission.
    • Option 2: You may form sub-groups (including sub-groups of one) that each submit their own assignment with the help of feedback from all group members.
  • Include the name of every member of your sub-group on your submission.

Wed

Apr 12

11:55pm

Deadline: Submission of Challenging Argument Assignment

Thu

Apr 13

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

Apr 18

Target Refinement

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

Tue

Apr 18

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 20

Presentations

  • Rabeet A, Neil M, & Jake H
  • Tom DeP

Tue

Apr 25

Presentations

  • Cedric W, Victoria L, & Alyssa T
  • Robin N
  • Grant R & Raaj S

Thu

Apr 27

Presentations

  • Lexi O'N, Kelly W, & Brianna K
  • Grace McI
  • Chris I & Dassah C

Tue

May 2

Presentations

  • Aly A
  • Erik S
  • Daniel L
  • Elena P

Thu

May 4

Presentations

  • Alexis M
  • Jared T
  • Justin U

Fri

May 5

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 9

Individual discussion of papers

Thu

May 11

Individual discussion of papers

Tue

May 16

Review: Optional

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

Wed

May 17

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!