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Anthony Ramirez PHIL08--Ethics Information

Toño Ramirez PHIL08--Ethics


For those students who have not yet aquired a copy of the book, I've found electronic versions of our first few readings online.  

Frankena's "Morality and Moral Philosophy" can be found here.  Please note that this is a considerably longer version that the one that appears in the Cahn anthology.  Journal questions for the Frankena reading are available here.

Rachels' "The Challenge of Cultural Relativism" can be found online here.  Journal questions for the Rachels reading are available here.


Ethics courses are taught in many different ways. Knowing a little about how what a particular version of the course entails can help you to decide if it's the sort of thing you're looking for.  This page provides information about how I usually run my PHIL08 course, as well as announcements and materials relevant to students currently taking it.

While philosophy as a broad discipline deals with several subjects, this course restricts its focus to topics surrounding moral inquiry.  In a nutshell, the course considers questions about what it means to live well, about the nature of moral discourse, and about contemporary moral controversies.

The course employs some texts that are a little less traditional than you might expect to find in a typical introductory course.  In addition to traditional problems and readings in moral philosophy, we look at traditional philosophical puzzles via discussions of contemporary popular culture.  It turns out that rigorous philosophical discussions can be generated by considering vampires, Seinfeld, and popular video games (for example) just as easily as they can by restricting focus to canonized texts.  Or so I try to show.

Please feel free to have a look at the course syllabus, which is available via the navigation bar on the left of this page.  It gives a more detailed description of the course requirements, as well as of the reading schedule we follow.  I'd be happy to answer any further questions you might have about the course--just drop me an email.

email Email: Toño Ramirez
Phone: 408.864.5327
Office: Forum 2D
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Last Updated: 1/7/14