Every human problem must be considered from the standpoint of time [or history]. Ideally, the present will always contribute to the building of the future. ~Frantz Fanon [Socrates seems to say] but if the wind of thinking, which I shall now stir in you, has shaken you from your sleep and made you fully awake and alive, then you will see that you have nothing in your grasp but perplexities, and the best we can do with them is share them with each other. ~Hannah Arendt
SCHEDULE OF READINGS AND ASSIGNMENTS
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: According to Frankena, what is a typical pattern of reasoning in moral matters? What are the differences among descriptive morality, normative ethics, and meta-ethics?
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Does ethical living require religion?
9.15: EXAMINATION ONE
9.17: John Calvin, John 14:15-18 (BB)
Martin Luther, Two Kinds of Righteousness (BB)
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Should we make ethical decisions based on consequences such as happiness or utility, or should we make decisions based on a rational understanding of duty?
9.22: Michael Sandel, Ch.2 The Greatest Happiness Principle
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: According to Singer, if you can prevent something bad from happening at a comparatively small cost to yourself, are you obligated to do so? According to Arthur, how do positive rights differ from negative rights?
11.10: Video: Singer & Zizek [40min] (BB)
Michael Sandel, Ch.10 Justice and the Common Good
Peter Singer, Famine, Affluence, and Morality (244-257)
11.12: John Arthur, World Hunger and Moral Obligation (258-264)
Aquinas, excerpts from On Charity (BB)
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Under what circumstances, if any, is terrorism justified? To what extent is terrorism akin to conventional warfare?
11.17: Video: Berti, Davis, & Inside Terrorist Groups [30min] (BB)
Michael Walzer, Terrorism (266-274)
11.19: Lionel K. McPherson, Is Terrorism Distinctively Wrong? (275-280)
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: What is Pope Francis’ criticism of contemporary society? What does he propose as a way of alleviating our present problems?
11.24: Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ (BB)
Vandana Shiva, Principles of Earth Democracy (BB)
11.26: THANKSIGIVING BREAK
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: What does Regan mean by “inherent value”? According to Cohen, are there different kinds of rights?
12.1: Video: Shiva, Goodall, & Animal Rights [44min] (BB)