Philosophy 330 (first semester) - Ethics
Philosophy 331 - Ethical Theory

Professor (first semester): William Sweet
Office: 518 Nicholson Hall
Telephone: 867-2341
Office Hours: 10 am - 12 pm, Tuesday; 3-5 pm, Monday and Wednesday, and by arrangement.
This class meets in the 'F' time block.
Course web page:

The object of the course is to introduce students to some major ethical theories and to the philosophical discussion of a number of contemporary moral and social issues.

The class will have a 'lecture and discussion' format. The professor will introduce a topic with a summary of the relevant arguments or a commentary on a text. This will be followed by questions and discussion of the material by the class as a whole (e.g., points of clarification or criticism and of comparison; comments on the relations between or among different issues).

Students are expected to have prepared the readings before class, to attend all of the classes and to participate in discussion.
Students who have more than 4 unjustified absences in a term will be subject to sanctions.

It is essential in learning how to do philosophy that students be prepared to ask and answer questions in class.

Students should make a point of reading and reviewing the material on these web pages.

Course Outline:

Term I

This part of the course will focus on the following questions:

Term II


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Additional readings may be placed on reserve in the library

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