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  Ethics: Contemporary Moral Issues

It does not take the Enron scandal or the torture of prisoners or the threat of nuclear war to remind us that there are deep ethical issues confronting our whole civilization. But sometimes we end up thinking that ethics (or morals) are purely subjective and merely a matter of what we feel.

While guilt might point us in the direction of examining our actions, feeling guilty is not enough to say an action is morally wrong, and feeling good about the action is not enough to say it is ethically right.  This course explores the foundations of ethical or moral behavior (there is no real distinction between ethics and morals).    The course also aims at assisting us in making better ethical and moral decisions.

The course is usually offered each semester in both on-campus and on-line formats.  I usually teach the on-line version.