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PHIL 104: Introduction to Ethics

Steven Hicks

(Submission #111)

Course Description

Philosophy 104, Introduction to Ethics, is an investigation of rival value theories concerning such topics as moral goodness, rightness, hapiness, freedom, and responsibility. Selected readings are offered from both classical and contemporary sources. The course aims to promote critical reflection on these issues and to encourage students to strive for their own reasoned postions on them. To these ends, the students will be invited and assisted both (a) to achieve a good understanding of the arguments of the philosophers assigned, so that they can explain the philosophers' assumptions, inferences, and conclusions accurately in their own words, and (b) to evaluate for themselves the truth of philosophers' assumptions and the validity of their inferences, with a view to determining whether these moral philosophers have established their conclusions. The course fulfills Queens College's general education requirement under the Culture and Values heading of Perspectives on the Liberal Arts and Sciences, for it examines contrasting views as to the attainability of knowledge in ethics; it aims, as representing a core liberal art (namely, philosophy), to develop general intellectual capacities such as reason and judgement, in the belief that both the individual and society are the better for such development; and it investigates major issues concerning moral values.


Area of Knowledge and Inquiry: Culture and Values (CV)
Context of Experience: European Traditions (ET)
Extended Requirement: Not Applicable

Additional Course information

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
Existing Course: Existing
Existing Course Number: Phil. 104
Course Anticipated to be offered: Every Semester
Other (if specified): 
Number of Sections: 6
Number of Seats: 40


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