Explain the three basic approaches to philosophical ethics, i.e., consequentialism, deontology, and virtue ethics.
Formalize sophisticated philosophical arguments found in theoretical ethics.
Identify problems and weaknesses in the basic approaches to theoretical ethics.
Analyze and provide criticisms of sophisticated philosophical arguments found in theoretical ethics.
Formally present possible solutions to problems found in theoretical ethics.
Note: PHIL 330 Ethics is a junior level philosophy course, as such students must be required to read from the original texts of all philosophers covered. Further, students must be required to write critical papers formalizing, criticizing and providing responses to arguments found in the reading.
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 30
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