Ethics and the Good Life - Dr. Joseph McGinn
(Ethics and the Good Life (Fall 2017))

Ethics and the Good Life - Dr. Joseph McGinn


Fall 2017 Th 1-3:50 pm

Most people believe they understand what it means to live an ethical life. But few people are able to explain clearly, either to themselves or to others, why they believe what they do or how they manage morally challenging situations. In this course we will begin by questioning what it means to live a “good” life. Next, we will explore some of the most influential approaches to moral life in the western philosophical tradition. Specifically, we will study ethical theories organized around fundamental ideas like virtue, law, duty, utility and “otherness.” As we consider these theories and become more familiar with them, we will also make sure to see whether they can earn their keep. Together as a class, we will decide which contemporary moral issues are the most pressing and we will put our theories to the test to see what help they can provide in generating solutions for us. An overarching goal of our course will be to help you to improve your ability to think, read, write and speak in an ethically and philosophically precise fashion. Let’s get going!