Summer Courses

Distance Studies (May 6 - June 14, 2024)

Philosophy 2074F: Business Ethics

It is sometimes said that the phrase “business ethics” is an oxymoron. In this course we will attempt to dispel this popular conception. By working our way through many of the moral issues to which the practice of business gives rise, we will show that the interests of business people and moral philosophers converge. Topics include: What is the relation between business and free market capitalism? What is the nature of moral reasoning? Do corporations have social responsibilities? What social responsibilities do corporations have when operating in the global context? Are there universal ethical principles which can guide the conduct of multinational corporations? Do international sweatshops violate human rights? Can the capitalist market economy be justified? What constitutes a just distribution of the goods and services produced by society? Is affirmative action morally justified? How much information about a product is a corporation morally obligated to disclose to consumers, and how and to whom should this information be disclosed? Is business bluffing ethical? When is advertising ethically questionable? What rights and obligations do employees and employers have in the workplace? Do employees have the right to know of work-related safety hazards? Is whistle-blowing morally justified?

Instructor: D. Proessel Online Course Outline

Philosophy 2700F: Intro to Ethics & Value Theory

This course introduces students to the attempts by scholars to understand whether, and the degree to which, humans can/should be held responsible for their actions. Do humans have ethical duties and responsibilities toward one another or themselves? If so, what are the foundations of those ethical duties, and what do they demand? Our survey of the scholarly responses to these questions will be separated in two parts: First a review of prominent positions on meta-ethics, followed by a survey of the five dominant ethical theories.

Antirequisite(s): Governance, Leadership and Ethics 2002F/G.

Instructor: R. Robb Online Course Outline

Summer Evening (May 6 - June 14, 2024)

Philosophy 2664F: Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy

A very first introduction to Buddhist philosophy. The course will overview the connections
among Buddhist epistemology, metaphysics and ethics, comparing them where helpful to
doctrines familiar from Western philosophy (e.g., in the pre-Socratics and Early Modern
Empiricists). Discussion will range across the sutras (tracing to the Buddha’s own teachings), the
middle period Abhidharma schools, and the later Mahayana teachings. We will discuss how each
of epistemology, metaphysics and ethics, across the three periods, connect to Buddhist
soteriology (salvation from suffering), but the course will address Buddhism as philosophy,
rather than as a religious practice. As such, the doctrines will be explained sympathetically, but
also assessed critically.

Instructor: R. Stainton In Person Course Outline