Ethics

There are some things you want to do, and some things you have to do.
But is there anything you truly "ought" to do?  What if anything do we
owe to other people (or animals, or ourselves)?  You've probably heard
it said that we should treat other people like we want to be treated.
But why?  What if they don't want to be treated that way?  Are there
any genuine moral or ethical facts?  Are they just relative to
culture?  Do the ends always justify the means, or are there some
things we shouldn't do no matter what good may come of them?  What
does it mean to be a good person?  This discussion-based class will be
a comprehensive survey of normative ethics, meta-ethics, and applied
ethics.  Special topics include: killing, liberty, punishment,
equality, and justice.

1 hr, Fridays, 10:00am - 11:00am