Philosophy | Introduction to Ethics
P140 | 14938 | Baron
This section of Introduction to Ethics is designed to stimulate
reflection about a number of issues in ethics and political
philosophy. Readings will include both great classics and
contemporary philosophical writings, and we will also read some
excerpts of legal cases. Topics will include abortion, free speech,
oppression, tolerance, capital punishment, and the relationship
between morality and the law.
Students are advised that this course demands critical thinking,
close reading, and clear expository writing. While designed as an
introduction, the material is by nature often demanding and difficult.
Students will take an in-class midterm, write one paper, and take
an essay final, in addition to completing several short homework
Required text: J.S. Mill, On Liberty. Other readings will be on e-