NYT columnist David Brooks wrote: “When asked to describe a moral dilemma they had faced, two-thirds of the young people either couldn’t answer the question or described problems that are not moral at all, like whether they could afford to rent a certain apartment or whether they had enough quarters to feed the meter at a parking spot.” Apart from a few extreme cases, like murder and rape, many interviewees simply lacked practice in dealing with right and wrong. Instead, their default response was “it depends on the individual.” So, what is the right thing to do? This course will examine a number of ethical frameworks and use them to analyze current issues ranging from Artificial Intelligence to Animal Rights. Required text: Ethics in the Real World, by Peter Singer
What is the meaning of life and what does it mean to live a good life?
What is justice and how is it applied in different contexts?
What is a person’s relationship and responsibility to her environment?