INSTRUCTOR: Bradley Rettler
OFFICE HOURS: Monday 4-5, Tuesday 1-2, and by appointment.
OFFICE: Malloy 111
MAILBOX: Malloy 100
On How to Write Good Philosophy Papers
On How To Read Philosophy
On How to Understand Philosophy
What is a Good Argument?
Schedule and Readings
Aug 28: Course Overview
Glossary of Philosophy Terms
Sept 2:Informal Logic
Good and Bad Arguments
Sept 4: Formal Logic
Validity and Soundness
Sept 9: Moral Relativism.
Phillipa Foot - Moral Relativism
Sept 11: Consequentialism.
Brad Hooker - Consequentialism
Sept 16: Deontology.
Larry Alexander and Michael Moore - Deontological Ethics
Sept 18: Divine Command Theory.
Louis P. Pojman and James Fieser - Religion and Ethics
Sept 23: Torture.
Henry Shue - "Torture"
Sept 25: Torture.
Jamie Mayerfeld - "In Defense of the Absolute Prohibition of Torture"
Sept 30: Abortion.
Judith Jarvis Thomson - "A Defense of Abortion"
Oct 2: Abortion.
Don Marquis - "Why Abortion is Immoral"
Oct 7: Immigration.
David Miller - "Immigration: The Case for Limits"
Oct 9: Immigration.
Chandran Kukathas - "The Case for Open Immigration"
Oct 14: Privacy.
David Friedman - "The Case for Privacy"
Oct 16: Privacy. Final Paper Assigned. Two critical reports must have been turned in by now.
James Taylor - "A Defense of Big Brother"
Oct 21: FALL BREAK.
Oct 23: FALL BREAK.
Oct 28: Capital Punishment.
Louis Pojman - "A Defense of the Death Penalty"
Oct 30: Capital Punishment.
Stephen Nathanson - "Why We Should Put the Death Penalty to Rest"
Nov 4: Legalization of Marijuana.
Intelligence Squared - "Legalize Drugs", up to 1:04:33
Nov 6: Legalization of Marijuana.
Intelligence Squared - "Legalize Drugs", remainder
Nov 11: Profiling. Final Paper Due.
Sam Harris - "In Defense of Profiling"
Nov 13: Profiling. Papers Given to Commenters.
Bruce Schneier - "The Trouble with Profiling"
Nov 18: Same-sex marriage.
US News - "Should Gay Marriage Be Legal Nationwide?" Read the three "yes" essays.
Nov 20: Same-sex marriage. Comments Due.
US News - "Should Gay Marriage Be Legal Nationwide?" Read the two "no" essays.
Nov 25: Genetic Engineering. Final Papers Returned. Four critical reports must have been turned in by now.
Nov 27: THANKSGIVING BREAK.
Dec 2: Gun Control.
Meet the Press, "Will Legislation Curb Gun Violence?"
Dec 4: Redistributive Taxation.
Intelligence Squared, "Are the Rich Taxed Enough?", up to 1:08:52
Dec 9: Charitable Giving.
Peter Singer - "Famine, Affluence, and Morality"
Dec 11: Charitable Giving. Final Final Paper Due.
Thomas Crisp - "Jesus and Affluence"
Dec 17: Final Examination: 8am (Section 2) and 4:15pm (Section 1)