Faculty of Arts
|Faculty||Faculty of Arts|
|Offered||Caulfield First semester 2014 (Day)|
Clayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Clayton Summer semester A 2014 (Off-campus)
|Coordinator(s)||Associate Professor Toby Handfield (on campus); Dr Robert Simpson (off campus)|
Previously coded PHL1010
This unit is an introduction to moral philosophy. The focus of the unit is the ethics of killing. We examine questions such as: When, if ever, is killing justified? Many of us think that killing is permissible in emergency rescue situations, or in self-defence. Is it possible to explain this in a way that is consistent with our more typical attitudes to killing? What about killing non-human animals for food? Like all philosophy units, this unit will also develop critical and analytic thinking skills.
On completing this subject students will have an understanding of some central issues in applied ethics and of the role philosophy can play in clarifying the discussion of them. They will have acquired some understanding of the nature and methods of philosophical inquiry, and an enhanced capacity for critical reasoning and rigorous thought.
Written exercises: 60%
Two 1- hour lectures per week + One 1- hour tutorial per week.
Off-campus: no timetabled contact hours