Course Schedule (PHIL 252 | Spring 2017)
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DateTopicRequired ReadingsNotes
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1/11/2017Course IntroductionCourse Syllabus; Course Schedule
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1/13/2017Moral ReasoningRuss Shafer-Landau, The Fundamentals of Ethics, Ch. 1
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1/16/2017NO CLASS: MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY
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1/18/2017Moral TheoryPeg Tittle, "The Trolley Problem"
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1/20/2017Lewis Vaughn, Doing Ethics, Ch. 4 (pp. 65-70)
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1/23/2017Lewis Vaughn, Doing Ethics, Ch. 7
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1/25/2017Moral RelativismJames Rachels, "The Challenge of Cultural Relativism"
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1/27/2017Law & MoralityMartin Luther King, Jr., "Letter from Birmingham Jail"
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1/30/2017The Death PenaltyErnest van den Haag, "The Ultimate Punishment"
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2/1/2017Stephen Nathanson, "An Eye for an Eye?"
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2/3/2017Exam 1 Study Guide Distributed
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2/6/2017AbortionJudith Thomson, "A Defense of Abortion"
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2/8/2017Don Marquis, "Why Abortion is Immoral"
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2/10/2017L. W. Sumner, "A Moderate View"
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2/13/2017Exam 1
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2/15/2017The Ethics of VotingJason Brennan, The Ethics of Voting (pp. 1-7); Illya Somin, "Brexit, 'Regrexit,' and the Impact of Political Ignorance"; Lewis Vaughn, "Defending a Thesis in an Argumentative Essay" (Recommended)Short Paper Prompts Distributed
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2/17/2017Jason Brennan, The Ethics of Voting (pp. 68-81)
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2/20/2017Giving to CharityPeter Singer, The Life You Can Save (Ch. 1)
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2/22/2017Peter Singer, The Life You Can Save (Ch. 2)
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2/24/2017Peter Singer, The Life You Can Save (Ch. 3)
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2/27/2017Animal EthicsPeter Singer, "All Animals are Equal"Exam 2 Study Guide Distributed
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3/1/2017Gary Francione and Anna Charlton, "The Case Against Pets"
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3/3/2017Jordan Curnutt, "A New Argument for Vegetarianism"
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3/5/2017Short Paper Due by 12:00 pm
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3/6/2017Climate ChangeJohn Nolt, "How Harmful Are the Average American's Greenhouse Gas Emissions?"
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3/8/2017Danny Shahar, "Treading Lightly on the Climate in a Problem-Ridden World"
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3/10/2017Exam 2
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3/13/2017NO CLASS: SPRING BREAK
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3/17/2017
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3/20/2017An Introduction to Behavioral EthicsBlind Spots, Ch. 1, pp. 1-13
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3/22/2017Blind Spots, Ch. 1, pp. 13-23
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3/24/2017Blind Spots, Ch. 2
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3/26/2017Zootopia Film Screening: 6:00 pm
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3/27/2017Prejudice & BiasTrevor Hedberg, "Moral Psychology and Prejudice in Disney's Zootopia"
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3/29/2017Blind Spots, Ch. 3, pp. 38-48
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3/31/2017Eric Luis Uhlmann & Geoffrey L. Cohen, "Constructed Criteria"
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4/3/2017Other Failures to Live Up to Our ValuesBlind Spots, Ch. 3, pp. 49-60
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4/5/2017Why We Aren't as Ethical as We ThinkBlind Spots, Ch. 4, pp. 61-72
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4/7/2017Blind Spots, Ch. 4, pp. 73-76TED Talk "Our Buggy Moral Code" will be viewed during class
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4/10/2017Ignoring Unethical ConductBlind Spots, Ch. 5, pp. 77-90Exam 3 Study Guide Distributed
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4/12/2017Blind Spots, Ch. 5, pp. 91-100
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4/13/2017Term Paper Abstract Due by 11:59 pm
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4/14/2017NO CLASS: SPRING RECESS
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4/17/2017IntegrityLynne McFall, "Integrity"; Cheshire Calhoun, "Standing for Something"
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4/19/2017Can We Do Better?Blind Spots, Ch. 8, pp. 152-159; Linda Tropp & Rachel Godsil, "Overcoming Implicit Bias and Racial Anxiety"
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4/21/2017Exam 3
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4/24/2017Course ConclusionTerm Paper Draft Due by 5:00 pm
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4/26/2017Conferences Regarding Term Paper Drafts
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4/28/2017
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5/4/2017Exam Retakes During Final Exam Period (10:15 am - 12:15 pm)
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5/8/2017Term Papers, Short Paper Rewrites, and Any Remaining Coursework Due by 5:00 pm
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