Introduction to Ethics
This course is an introduction to the philosophical study of ethics. It is concerned with questions of the nature of moral goodness, agency, the scope of moral concern, and moral skepticism, and it surveys important normative ethical theories. Some portion of the course will be devoted to application of ethical theory to contemporary moral issues such as abortion, punishment, human rights, animal rights, biomedical ethics, environmental ethics, business ethics, and social and human responsibility. Students are introduced to a selection of approaches to ethical reasoning, including consequentialist, deontological, and social examples.