General Information


Fall 2017
Monday 5:30-8:15
Bell 340
Dr. Hank Edmondson, Office A & S 206
706 421 2671 (cell) (please try to text first, and if you do, be sure to identify yourself). If you call, be sure to leave message because I don’t answer calls I don't recognize.
Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday 12:00-3:30
or by appointment
Feel free to email at any time. I usually check email multiple times during the day.
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. 

Twitter feed: @DrEdmondsonIII


Two take home exams
One comprehensive take-home final exam

The first two exams may be revised accrding to the feedback you receive in order to improve your grade, however, you may only improve your grade by one letter grade. So, if your first grade is a C, the best you may improve it will be to a B. If it should be a D, the best you may improve it will be to a C. If your first grade is a B, you may improve it to an A. If your grade was an F . . . well, is there really a point?

However, revising your paper is no guarantee that your grade will improve. You must improve the paper, and that will mean, among other things, responding to the feedback you receive.

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.

Absences: Since class discussion is so important,
--if you miss more than two classes, it will be impossible to make an “A;”
--if you miss more than three class periods, it will be impossible to make a “B;”
--if you miss more than four class periods, it will be impossible to make a “C;"

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 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.

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  Monday August 21st
Plato's Allegory of the Cave

Week 2  
Monday August 28th
Aristotle Nichomachean Ethics

Week 3
 Monday September 4 LABOR DAY

Week 4
 Monday September 11th
Nichomachean Ethics  

Week 5
 Monday September 18th
Thomas Aquinas: "The Theological Virtues" from the Summa Theologica, 
C.S. Lewis: "The Four Loves”

Week 6
 Monday September 25th
 TAKE HOME EXAM 1 (Cinema: "Dark City," (1998) and "Vanilla Sky,”(2001))

Week 7  Monday October 2nd
Descartes; Bacon, Pascal 
Rights Based Ethics
John Locke “Of Property"

Week 8
Monday October 9th FALL BREAK

Week 9
Utilitarianism, John Stuart Mill

Week 10 Monday October 23rd
Utilitarianism, John Stuart Mill / Kant

Week 11
Monday October 30th
Utilitarianism / Kant

Week 12
 Monday, Nov 6th
Kant / Nietzsche

Week 13 Monday, November 13th
Cinema: Quiz  Show (1994) (Ralph Fienes); Lorenzo's Oil (1992) (Susan Sarandon)

Week 14 Monday, November 20th THANKSGIVING

Week 15 Monday, November 27th 

Week 16 Monday, December 4th

Week 17  Monday, December 11th  
Cinema: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
The Plague (1992)