We will begin with a general introduction to ethics by examining several different ethical theories. Familiarity with the dominant ethical traditions (e.g., virtue ethics, utilitarianism, and Kantian ethics) will provide an important framework for considering contemporary ethical issues. We will then discuss a number of different ethical issues including: capital punishment, abortion, capitalism and distributive justice, euthanasia, the treatment and use of animals, and war. Note that we will be examining opposing views with regard to each of the following issues:
Ken Daley received his Ph.D. from University of Colorado, Boulder in 2007. He has been a professor at SMU since 2007 and has taught “Contemporary Moral Problems” every semester since coming to SMU.
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