Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Friday, and part of Monday, we will watch this video "What's Morally Wrong With Homosexuality?" for which there is an online preview:
Soon I will give a new OPS assignment and your first philosophical essay assignment.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
More details on this later!
Details on these assignments (re. the 3 essays) are a below. Link to the "What's Culture Got to Do with it?" article is below too.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Readings for this week:
MONDAY: We will discuss the theoretical aspect of this chapter, i.e., the moral theory known as "cultural relativism":
5. Ch. 2, "The Challenge of Cultural Relativism" (Elements)
Wednesday we will discuss Female Genital Mutilation; in addition to EMP, please read this article online:
6. “What’s Culture Got to Do with it? Excising the Harmful Tradition of Female Circumcision,” Harvard Law Review, http://sites.google.com/site/nobisphilosophy/female_circumcision.pdf
Friday, OPS due of these readings from RTD; please identify the main issues from each article, and submit 1 OPS containing all three articles:
7. "Monogamy: A Critique," John McMurtry (RTD, #28) [This goes with the brief discussion of polyamory on pp. 29-30 of Elements; the readings below also concern sexual ethics.]
8. "Our Sexual Ethics," Bertrand Russell (RTD, #29)9. "Alcohol and Rape," Nicholas Dixon (RTD, #30)
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Friday we will move on to EMP Ch. 2.
Essay #1, assignment previously posted, below, is due Monday, Sept. 20.
Please always put your class time on all assignments.
IF YOU HAVE ALREADY BOUGHT A CODE AND HAVE REGISTERED, PLEASE DO NOT BUY ANOTHER ONE: THIS MESSAGE IS FOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE YET TO REGISTER FOR THE TURNITIN THING.
I made a mistake and gave the 1PM course the 11 PM's code.
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
DUE MONDAY, SEPT 20, by your class time, handed in in class and posted on the Turnitin site.
First, there are
1. "Guidelines on Wri
2. "Writing A Philosophy Paper," by Peter Horban: http://www.sfu.ca/philosophy/writing.htm
A friend knows
8 = good
7 = fair
6 = poor
5 or below = very poor
They will be graded on clari
Sunday, September 05, 2010
Monday, of course, we have off.
I was thinking that Wednesday we should really discuss the Rachels SHORT INTRODUCTION TO MORAL PHILOSOPHY, RTD, Ch. 2. Please have read that, focusing on the 2nd half dealing with "impartial" ethical theories such as utilitarianism and Kantianism.
Thus, for Friday (not Wednesday as previously announced), EMP Ch. 1 needs to be read and a detailed OPS written and turned in online and in hardcopy in class.
Saturday, September 04, 2010
For Wednesday, please also complete this assignment: make a list of actions that you think most people would think are obviously wrong and/or bad; a list of actions you think most people would think are obviously MP, MO or otherwise good. If you think of any actions that don't fall into that category, put them on another list.
Thursday, September 02, 2010
o Rachels, The Right Thing to Do (RTD: Ch. 2, “Some Basic Points About Arguments,” available here if you don’t yet have the books: http://aphilosopher.googlepages.com/rachels-on-arguments.pdf
Handouts on Overview of Logic & Arguments
· Overview of Basic Moral Evaluations: Permissible, Obligatory, Impermissible/Wrong
o See pp. 3, 5-8; also discusses logic and moral theories:
FOR FRIDAY: Rachels, The Right Thing to Do: Ch.1 “A Short Introduction to Moral Philosophy,” available here if you don’t yet have the books: http://aphilosopher.googlepages.com/rachels-intro-to-ethics.pdf
FOR NEXT WEDNESDAY: WRITING ASSIGNMENT DUE WEDNESDAY, IN HARDCOPY AND VIA TURNITIN: