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    PHI 105LEC - Contemporary Moral Problems
    Contemporary Moral Problems MUL Enrollment Information (not real time - data refreshed nightly)
    Class #:   20250   Enrollment Capacity:   220
    Section:   MUL   Enrollment Total:   50
    Credits:   3.00 credits   Seats Available:   170
    Dates:   08/27/2018 - 12/07/2018   Status:   OPEN
    Days, Time:   T R , 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM
    Room:   Knox 109 view map
    Location:   North Campus      
    Are sweatshops exploitative, or the best means we have of lifting people out of poverty? Do we even owe moral consideration to people who are far away from us? Are there limits to what should be sold in the market? Are there limits to our rights to free speech? Is pornography harmful? In a world of increasing diversity, what obligations do we have to overcome our own biases about others? Is accommodating the moral and religious beliefs of others an infringement of the free exercise of our own beliefs? In this course, we will investigate these and other questions, with the goal of understanding how we fit into an increasingly complex moral environment. We will explore these contemporary challenges using not just our life experiences, but drawing on the tools that moral philosophy provides. This course will expose you to methods of reasoning that can help you decide how to respond to a wide array of contemporary moral challenges.
      Course Description
    This course will philosophically examine contentious moral issues of the day. Among the topics that may be discussed are abortion, capital punishment, affirmative action, obligations of wealthy nations to poor nations, duties to non-human animals, vegetarianism, sex workers, pornography, legalized gambling and lotteries, gun control, drone warfare, human enhancements through drugs and prostheses, homosexual marriage, racial profiling, and legalization of currently illegal drugs.
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