Philosophy 80-136

Social Structure, Public Policy, and Ethical Dilemmas

 

Instructor: Peter Spirtes

Office: 135D BH

Phone: x88460

e-mail: ps7z@andrew.cmu.edu

Office Hours: 11:00 12:00, MW

 

 

Teaching Assistant: Andrew Banas

Office: Baker Hall 143

Phone: 88148

e-mail: banas@andrew.cmu.edu

Office hours: MW 10:30am - 12:00pm

 

Books

D. Husak: Drugs and Rights

D. Copp and S. Wendell: Pornography and Censorship

R. Baird and S. Rosenbaum: The Ethics of Abortion

 

Grades: 70% quizzes

20% final

10% class participation

Schedule

  1. January 17: Introduction
  2. January 19: Pornography ethics

Copp and Wendell, pp. 4559, pp. 83104

  1. January 24 Pornography II legal

Copp and Wendell, pp. 333366

  1. January 26 Pornography III empirical

Copp and Wendell, pp. 275311

  1. January 31 Social just societies

http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/contractarianism-contemporary/, http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/liberalism/

  1. February 2 Social prisoners dilemma

http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/prisoner-dilemma/

(through Multiple Person Games)

  1. February 7 Social distributive justice

http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/justice-distributive/

  1. February 9 Constitution

http://www.nara.gov/exhall/charters/constitution/constitution.html (including Bill of Rights)

  1. February 14 Constitution II
  2. February 16 Causality I
  3. February 21 Causality II
  4. February 23 Causality III
  5. February 28 Causality IV
  6. March 1 Pornography

review

  1. March 8 Drugs Overview

Husak, Chapter 1

  1. March 13 Drugs and Harm to Self

Husak, Chapter 2

  1. March 15 Drugs and Harm to Self

Husak, Chapter 2

  1. March 20 Drugs and Harm to Others

Husak, Chapter 3

  1. March 22 Abortion and the Fetus

Baird and Rosenbaum, pp. 263269, Abortion CD

  1. April 3 Abortion and Ethics

Baird and Rosenbaum, pp. 197225

  1. April 5 Abortion and Ethics

Baird and Rosenbaum, pp. 226249

  1. April 10 Abortion and the Law

Baird and Rosenbaum, pp. 3366

  1. April 12 War I
  2. April 17 War II
  3. April 19 War III
  4. April 24 Taxes I
  5. April 26 Taxes II
  6. May 1 Taxes III
  7. May 3 Review