PHL100: Problems of Philosophy
Park 305, MWF 11:30 am - 12:25 pm
Professor: Craig DeLancey
Office: Piez Hall 225
Office Hours: MWF 10:00 -- 11:00 a.m., M 3:00-4:00, and by appointment
25-29 April: discussion of Hobbes and Rawls (for this
we will just refer to class notes).
29 April to 4 May: topic: environmental ethics and bioethics.
Can philosophical ethics guide us on issues of duties to non-human
or even post-human or transhuman organisms? Bring a clone to class
if you have one.
6 May: wrap up, review.
11 May: final exam, in class, 10:30 - 12:30. Covered
will be all topics, but with special focus on ethics since we
won't have tested on that before. All prior exam questions are
eligible, as are reading study questions as given above. The
exam will be part multiple choice and part short answer. You
are asked to sit one seat apart or more, not diagonally behind
anyone, and not near your usual cohorts. Bring paper and pens.
Note that the notes and discussion that Sober provides is
generally excellent. You will find it helpful to look at his
discussions of each of the relevant topics.
Study questions include all past exam study questions, and any
reading study questions, and the following:
- What is the principle question of ethics?
- What is hedonism?
- What is consequentialism?
- What is utlitarianism?
- What kind of thing can be good, according to Kant?
- What is Kant's categorical imperative?
- What are the presuppositions of contract theory?
- What does Sartre mean when he says you are "condemned
to be free"?
- Describe Hobbes's contract theory and his conclusions.
- Describe the Rawls's notion of the veil of ignorance.
What kind of social arrangement should we seek when behind
the veil, according to Rawls?
- What is instrumental value? What is intrinsic value?
- Describe and contrast animal rights ethic, biocentric
individualism, and the Land Ethics.
Tentative Assignments (subject to revision)