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PHIL-210 Ethics And Social Issues

3 Credits

  • Tuesday, Thursday

    5:00 pm – 6:20 pm

    Manhattan - W14, 403

This course brings moral and ethical and ethical reflection to bear on concrete moral problems in public and private life. When philosophy engages practical and social issues, it puts into question the distinction between the political and the personal, between controversy and consensus. Debates may change but the problems of justice, duty and fairness continue to arise, demanding not partisanship but rigorous investigation, conceptual clarity, and self-examination all of which philosophers from antiquity to the present attempt, with varying degrees of success. Issues discussed in this course may include violence and war, human and animal rights, sexual freedom, giving and taking life, censorship and resistance, duties to other species, cultural and religious conflict,and poverty and famine.