Ethics and the Good Life

To press the questions ethics presents to undergraduates, I present each major ethical framework paired with an issue that lets us see some of the advantages and liabilities of thinking about ethics in that way. Thus in one session we read selections from Mill's Utilitarianism, and in the next we talk about global poverty; in one session we talk about rights-based approaches to ethics, and in the next we talk about the ethics of abortion. The last few weeks of the class are occupied with student group presentations applying the ethical paradigms we have studied to contemporary ethical issues.