What? Philosophy 3170F: Topics in the History of Ethics, a course designed to explore the main arguments of Henry Sidgwick's The Methods of Ethics, one of the most compelling and important texts in the history of ethics.
When? Fall 2015, T 11:30-12:30 & Th 10:30-12:30
Why? According to classical utilitarianism the fundamental requirement of morality is to maximize aggregate well-being. The historically most important defense of this view appears in Henry Sidgwick’s (1838-1900) The Methods of Ethics. While The Methods of Ethics has influenced many important philosophers, including G. E. Moore, John Rawls, and Derek Parfit, its main meta-ethical and normative theses are not widely known. Accordingly, this course is designed to familiarize students with their nature and significance.
What? Philosophy 1200 (section 650: online): Critical Thinking, a course in which students develop essential critical thinking and communication skills through online activities.
When? Full year (Fall-Winter 2015-2016), taught entirely online.
Why? Critical Thinkers are able to understand the reasons behind the positions of others, to assess these reasons, and to engage in effective critical discussion with others. This course aims to help students develop these essential skills. Since critical thinking is primarily a skill, the course’s focus is on practice. Students practice critical thinking skills online using software designed specifically for this course.