General Information

Information:

Fall 2017
Tue 5:30-8:15
Dr. Hank Edmondson, A & S 206
706-421-2671 (cell--please try to text first but be sure to identify yourself.)
Office Hours: Monday: 1-3, Tue: 1-3,  Wed 1-3 or by appointment. Don’t hesitate to email as that might be the quickest and easiest way to get a response. 

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Grading:
Two in class tests: 2/5
Two take home tests 2/5
One comprehensive in-class final exam: 1/5
Prior to mid-semester, you will receive feedback on your academic performance in this course

Requests for Modifications:
Any student requiring instructional modifications due to a documented disability should make an appointment to meet with the instructor as soon as possible. An official letter from GC&SU documenting the disability will be required to receive accommodation.  

Fire Alarms: In the event of a fire alarm signal students should exit the building in a quick and orderly manner through the nearest hallway exit.  First and second floor classes should exit through ground level exits; third floor classes through nearest stairwell to a ground level exit. Do not use elevator.  Third floor stairwells are areas where disabled people may communicate with rescue workers.  Be familiar with the floor plan and exits of this building.

Class Participation: Class discussion, including questions, comments, and disagreements, is welcome, but in order to contribute well to discussions, you need to read the material before hand. In cases of borderline grades, those who have contributed well to class participation will receive additional credit. NOTE: Please bring your text to school every day, that is, the text that we are covering at the time.

Your essays will be graded on the basis of…
substance, that is, how well you cover the important material and ideas
clarity,  that is, how well you cover those ideas
organization, that is, how well you arrange your material
relevance, that is, how well you can explain why these ideas are meaningful today.

Cheating:
Cheating will not be tolerated. It comes in a variety of forms, including plagiarism. If you are unfamiliar with the offense of plagiarism, please ask your instructor. Also, please note that no work done in other classes will be accepted to fulfill requirements in this class.

Objectives:
There are several objectives in this course:
--to give students a historical/chronological view of ethical theory
--to help students see the relevance of that theory for contemporary issues
--to encourage students to not only recognize but also critique those theories--that is see their strengths and weaknesses.
--to guide students into seeing how that ethical theory is often expressed through contemporary culture, especially music and video
--to give students a chance to express the foregoing through essay exams and through in-class discussion and debate.

Class Schedule:
Week 1  August 16
Introduction
Plato's Allegory of the Cave

Week 2  
August 23
Aristotle Nichomachean Ethics

Week 3
 August 30 
Nichomachean Ethics

Week 4
 August 6
Nichomachean Ethics,  

Week 5
 September 13
Thomas Aquinas: "The Theological Virtues" from the Summa Theologica, 
C.S. Lewis: "The Four Loves"

 

Week 6
 September 20
Descartes; Bacon, Pascal  

Week 7  September 27
Class Exam/ Take Home Available
Cinema: "Dark City," (1998) and "Vanilla Sky,"(2001)

Week 8
Sept 30, October 4
Rights Based Ethics
John Locke “Of Property"

Week 9
 October 11
Utilitarianism, John Stuart Mill

Week 10 October 18
Utilitarianism, John Stuart Mill, Kant

Week 11
October 25
Utilitarianism, Kant

Week 12
 Nov 1
Kant

Week 13 November 8
Kant, Nietzsche 
Take Home Exam #2 Available
Cinema: Quiz  Show (1994) (Ralph Fienes); Lorenzo's Oil (1992) (Susan Sarandon)


Week 14 November 15 
Guest Speaker: Peter Brookes, Peabody Auditorium, 6:30

Week 15 November 22 
Note: the test scheduled for the Tue class before T’Giving has been cancelled. The take-home test will count twice. No class Tue evening.

Week 16 November 29 
Nietzsche
Genealogy of Morals  (Preface, First Essay, pp. 15-56)
Existentialism 

Week 17  December 6
Take Home Final Exam Available

Week 18 December 9
Final Exam
Cinema: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
The Plague (1992)