Class Assignments Version 1.0


Note: The following assignment schedule is subject to revision and is intended to be a general guide to the assignments this semester. The assignment written on the board at the beginning of each class takes precedence over this schedule. As the semester progresses, for the most recent version of our class schedule, check this URI (Internet Address):

http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/assignment.html

The online assignment schedule is hyperlinked to assignments. By using the online hyperlinks, you will not have to type in the URIs in your browser address box.

If an update to the schedule is available, the version number will be a number higher than Version 1.0. (For example, the first revision, if there is one, will be labeled Version 1.1) In the ``Date'' column, the number after T or R is the number sequence of the class, counting from the beginning of the semester. T and R stand for ``Tuesday'' and ``Thursday'' respectively.

In the ``Class Topic'' column, the subjects covered by that day's class are listed, together with important due dates for assignments, including quizzes, tests, and paper. The ``Assignment'' column lists the day an assignment is assigned, not the day the assignment is due. Assignments are due at the beginning of the class meeting unless stated otherwise. Note that almost 40% of the reading assignments are simply online class notes for your convenience.

Please also refer to the example online tests, quizzes, and links online. These online resources are not listed below in this Assignment Schedule but can be accessed from the Ethics Homepage at

http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/

The reading assignments refer to the URIs or the Internet addresses of online readings. Page numbers for reading assignment in the textbook refer to the PDF version of the online text. You may also access the readings in HTML form by navigating to this URL:

http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/ethicsbook/book1.html

and scroll to the bottom of the page for the table of contents as a list of hyperlinks to the appropriate article. No page numbers are given for HTML pages.

Assignment Schedule

Date Class Topic Assignment
09.02 Welcome to the Course Read Syllabus http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/syllabus.html
R 1 Purpose of the Course Locate textbook http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/ethicsbook.book1.html
  What is Ethics? Locate Ethics Web http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/index.html
  Class Requirements ``How to Study'' http://philosophy.lander.edu/study-topics.html
    Work on Quiz 1: Web Practice Sheet
09.07 The Central Questions of Ethics http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/central.html
T 2 Navigating the Web http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/scope.html
  Ethics FAQ http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/faq.html
  Philosophy Forum Registration Register for the Philosophy Forum
  Ethical Issues Quiz 1: What is an Ethical Issue?
    http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/moral_quiz.html
09.09 Morals, Ethics, Metaethics http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/types.html
R 3 What is a Moral Issue? http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/issue.html
  Why Be Moral? http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/why_moral.html
  Quiz 1: Web Practice Sheet http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/truth.html
  Quiz 2: What is an Ethical Issue?  
09.14 Philosophy Position Paper http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/ethics.papers.f01/
T 4 Consider Position Paper Topics http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/ethics.papers.s00/
  Reasons for Adopting Moral Rules http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/paper_topics.html

Date Class Topic Assignment
09.16 Winslow, ``Conscience Determines What's Right'' http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/ethicsbook/c179.html
R 5 Bain, ``Conscience is Learned'' http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/ethicsbook/c386.html
  Foote, ''It Doesn't Pay to Be Moral'' http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/ethicsbook/c575.html
09.21 Is Conscience a Reason for Being Moral? Email Position Paper Topic before next class date
T 6 Winslow Questions http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/notes-winslow.html
  Bain Questions http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/notes-bain.html
09.23 Religion and Ethics http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/articles/bradley_why.html
R 7 F. H. Bradley, ``Why Should I Be Moral?'' http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/notes-foote.html
  Foote Questions Quiz 3: Philosophic Objections to Religious Ethics
  Position Paper Topic Due  
09.28 Ethical Relativism http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/relativism.html
T 8 Ellwood, ``Ethics are Culturally Relative'' http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/ethicsbook/c773.html
  Ellwood Questions http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/notes-ellwood.html
  Westermarck, ``Ethics are Relative'' http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/ethicsbook/c990.html
  Westermarck Questions http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/notes-westermarck.html
  Quiz 3: Philosophic Objections to Religious Ethics  

Date Class Topic Assignment
09.30 Ethical Absolutism Stace, ``Ethics Aren't Relative'' http://philosophy.lander.edu/intro/stace.html
R 9 Moore, ``The Objectivity of Moral Judgments''& http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/ethicsbook/c1244.html  
  Moore Questions http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/notes-moore.html
  Refutation of Ethical Relativism http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/relativism.html
    Quiz 4: Argument from Moral Progress
10.05 Review of Main Arguments Study for Test I: The Problems of Ethics
T 10 Quiz 4: Argument from Moral Progress Syllabus Appendix Test I Review Outline
  Case Study: Moral Judgments http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/internal.html
10.07 Test I: Problems of Ethics "``Determinism,'' http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/ethicsbook/c1551.html
R 11   Work on Position Paper if topic is approved
10.12 Review of Test I: Problems of Ethics Quiz 5: Free Will and Determinism
T 12 Free Will and Determinism http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/ethicsbook/c1551.html
10.14 Fall Break Work on Position Paper
R -    
10.19 The Ethics of Socrates http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/socrates.html
T 13 Socrates, ``The Socratic Paradox'' http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/ethicsbook/c4214.html
  Hedonistic Theories http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/hedonism.html
  Quiz 5: Free Will and Determinism Quiz 6: The Socratic Paradox

Date Class Topic Assignment
10.21 Epicureanism http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/epicurus.html
R 14 Epicurus, ``Pleasure is the Good'' http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/ethicsbook/c4721.html
  Cynicism and Stoicism http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/stoicism.html
  Active Awareness and Critique http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/stoicism2.html
  Epictetus, ``Value What's In Our Control'' http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/ethicsbook/c5057.html
  Quiz 6: Socratic Paradox  
10.26 Psychological Egoism http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/egoism.html
T 15 Plato, ``The Ring of Gyges'' http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/ethicsbook/c5884.html
  Plato Questions http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/notes-gyges.html
  Ethical Egoism http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/ethical_ego.html
  Optional: Mandeville, ``Fable of the Bees'' http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/ethicsbook/x6121.html
  Refutation of Egoism http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/egoism.html
  Hume, ``Egoism is Mistaken'' http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/ethicsbook/c5355.html
    Quiz 7: The Refutation of Psychological Egoism
10.28 Nietzsche,``Slave and Master Morality'' http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/ethicsbook/c6695.html
R 16 Nietzsche Questions http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/notes-nietzsche.html
  Quiz 7: The Refutation of Psychological Egoism  
11.02 Review for Test II: Personal Ethics Study for Test II
T 17   Syllabus Appendix Test II Review Questions

Date Class Topic Assignment
11.04 Test II: Personal Ethics Work on Position Paper
R 18    
11.09 Utilitarianism  
T 19 Bentham, ``Happiness is the Greatest Good'' http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/ethicsbook/c6357.html
  Bentham Questions http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/notes-bentham.html
    Post Position Paper on Philosophy Forum
11.11 Duty Ethics  
R 20 Ohiyesa, ``The Soul of an Indian'' http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/ethicsbook/c3304.html
  Kantian Ethics http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/kant.html
  Kant, ``Act in Accordance with Universal Law'' http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/ethicsbook/c3612.html
  Position Papers Due Date Quiz 8: Categorical and Practical Imperative
11.16 Religious Ethics Kierkegaard, ``Truth is Faith''
T 21 Stages on Life's Way http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/ethicsbook/c3936.html
  Quiz 8: Categorical and Practical Imperative Post Position Paper Comments
11.18 Self-Realization http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/self_real.html
T 22 Aristotle, ``What is the Life of Excellence?'' http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/ethicsbook/c5574.html
  The Good http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/aristotle1.html
  Pleasure http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/aristotle2.html
  Aristotle Questions http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/notes-aristotle.html
  Position Paper Comments Due Quiz 7: Aristotle's Ethics

Date Class Topic Assignment
11.23 Review for Test III: Major Ethical Theories Study for Test III: Major Ethical Theories
T 23 Quiz: Aristotle's Ethics Syllabus Appendix Test III Review Questions
11.25 Thanksgiving Comment on 10 position papers
R Class does not meet  
11.30 Test III: Major Ethical Theories  
T 24    
12.02 Class does not meet Post review questions to Philosophy Forum
12.07 Class does not meet Post review questions to Philosophy Forum
12.10 Review of Test III Study for Approved Make-Up Exams
R 25 Review Questions for Make-Up Exams  
  Attendance Optional if all exams have been taken  
12.14 Final Examination Period Make-Up Exams
T Approved Make-Ups Christmas Reading: William James, ``What Makes a Life Significant?''
  08:00-10:00 am Section 04 http://philosophy.lander.edu/ethics/ethicsbook/c7009.html
    Have a Great Christmas!

Lee Archie 2010-08-31