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 A&H 255 - Ethics


In philosophy the field of ethics involves systematizing, defending, and recommending concepts of right and wrong behavior. Ethics can be divided into two general subject areas: meta-ethics, normative ethics, and applied ethics. In this course, the three subject areas and their correlated fields will be examined. Meta-ethics (meaning reflecting upon the idea of ethics) inves¬tigates where our ethical principles come from and what they might mean. Are they merely social conventions, expressions of our individual emotions, or are there real universal truths (e.g. Divine Law), which constitute a foundation for ethical action? Applied ethics involve exam¬ining specific controversial issues, such as abortion, animal rights, environmental concerns, homosexuality, capital punishment, or nuclear war… ​



Dr. David Aiken​





Required for

This course is an alternative requirement for the following courses:

  • A&H 256 Great Philosophers
  • A&H 357 Topics in Philosophy