Philosophy | Introduction to Ethics
P140 | 25987 | Bergen

Ethics is the branch of philosophy dedicated to investigating several
questions, including: How should I live?  How should I act?  What
sorts of acts are prohibited and what sort of behaviors ought I to
cultivate in my life?  While these are broad topics, they serve as a
guide to investigating what particular philosophers have said
concerning these issues.  In this class we will read a variety of
different philosophical attempts to answer these questions.  We will
look at virtue ethics, utilitarianism, and deontology as well as many
other topics such as cultural relativism, hedonism, and atheistic
ethics.  After taking this course, students will be familiar with
several major ethical theories but they will have also gained
something more: the ability to critically think about and evaluate
their own preconceived notions about morality and life in general.