2018 Ethics Reading Schedule

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SEP 17: 1

  • Introduction to the Course

SEP 18: 2

  • Ariely, "Why We Lie" (6)

SEP 20: 3

  • Singer, Chapter 1, Practical Ethics, "About Ethics" (16)
  • Focus: In Ariely, make sure you can summarize the main research study and consider implications of this research for ethics. With Singer, track the distinction between ethics and religion, arguments about relativism, and what makes something an ethical claim.

SEP 24: 4

  • Zimbardo Prison Experiment -- (Google "Zimbardo Prison Experiment" and watch one of the main videos depending upon your time and interest).
  • Haidt, "The Divided Self" (1-21)
  • Cooper, Chapter 5; (75-84) For background on Kohlberg's theory.
  • Wiki Editing Instructions for Thursday's first batch research work.

SEP 25: 5

  • Haidt, The Righteous Mind, Intro and Chapter 1
  • Focus: Track the story Haidt is telling about developmental and moral psychology and it's encounter with anthropology.

SEP 27: 6

  • Applied Ethical Analysis: First research day Today we will report some of our research on the immigration issue to the wiki research page.

OCT 1: 7

  • Overview of Ethical and Political Morality Theories (lecture)
  • Hinman, excerpt from Ethics, Chapter 9, (272-285)
  • Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics, Book 1 (1-13) (you should skip Section 6 unless you are thinking about becoming a philosophy major)

OCT 2: 8

  • Haidt, Chapter 2, "The Intuitive Dog and Its Rational Tail"
  • Focus: This is a very important early chapter presenting the core theory of social intuitionism. Take your time with this reading.

OCT 4: 9

  • Sandel, Chapter 2: Utilitarianism, (31-57)

OCT 8: 10

  • Sandel, Chapter 3: Libertarianism, (58-74)

OCT 9: 11

  • Singer, Practical Ethics. "Rich and Poor" (191-216)

OCT 11: 12

  • Sachs, "Can the Rich Help the Poor?"

OCT 15: 13

  • Symposium on Rich and Poor

OCT 16: 14

  • de Waal, "Morally Evolved," to page 21;

OCT 18: 15

  • Applied Ethical Analysis: Second research day Today we will report more research on the immigration issue to the wiki research page and work on organizing the research. Report your research by dinner time on Wednesday!

OCT 22: 16

  • Critical Analysis Paper #1 due on Rich and Poor (no formal class, but I will be in class for paper consultations)

OCT 23: 17

  • Haidt, Chapter 3
  • Haidt, "Out-Take" on Virtue Ethics (4 pages);

OCT 25: 18

  • de Waal, 21-42

OCT 29: 19

  • Haidt, Chapter 4, "Vote For Me (Here's Why)", up to Section 3. “We lie, cheat...”

OCT 30: 20

  • de Waal, 42-58
  • Haidt Chapter 4, pt 2.

NOV 5: 21

  • Korsgaard, "Morality and the Distinctiveness of Human Action" (98-119)

NOV 6: 22

  • Singer, "Morality, Reason, and the Rights of Animals" (in de Waal) (140-151)

NOV 8: 23

  • Haidt, Chapter 5, "Beyond Weird Morality" (17 pages)

NOV 12: 24

  • Haidt, Chapter 6, "Taste Buds of the Righteous Mind"

NOV 13: 25

  • Haidt, Chapter 7, "The Moral Foundations of Politics" (128-155)

NOV 15: 26

  • Haidt, Chapter 8, "The Conservative Advantage" (155-189)

NOV 26: 27

  • Singer, One World Now, Chapter 1, "A Changing World,"

NOV 27: 28

  • Singer, One World Now, Chapter 4 "One Law," (122-149)
  • Paper Workshop

NOV 29: 29

  • Singer, One World Now, Chapter 4 "One Law," (149-173)

DEC 3: 30

  • Singer, One World Now, Chapter 3, "One Economy" (69-122)

DEC 4: 31

  • Haidt, Chapter 9, "Why are We So Groupish?" (189-221)

DEC 6: 32

  • Haidt, Chapter 10, "The Hive Switch" (221-246)

DEC 10: 33

  • Haidt, Chapter 11, "Religion is a Team Sport" (189-221)

DEC 11: 34

  • Haidt, Chapter 12, "Can't We all Disagree More Constructively?" (189-221)

DEC 13: 35

  • Course Conclusion.

DEC 17-19: Exam Period

  • During Exam Week you will prepare two short final essays, open book, open note, written outside of class.