We make ethical decisions everyday, recognize or contest normative laws, rules, and principles. In making such evaluations we relate to a state of affairs in ethical terms, and justify our choices, attitudes, and behavior in the language of ethics. We are accountable subjects in our private and public lives. We feel responsible towards ourselves and others to explain why we act in the way we do. Nevertheless much of our ethical reasoning is habitual and our relation to the realm of ethical values is unclear to us; at times we find it difficult to give a theoretical justification of our ethical judgments. In these courses students will get a chance to reflect on their own notions of good life, right and wrong action by encountering different ethical positions, as well as to acquaint themselves with contemporary debates in applied ethics within different spheres such as business, law, environment etc. By doing so they will be able to question, modify and strengthen their relation to the sphere of ethical values, such as human rights, respect for persons, justice, equality, anti-sexism, anti-racism, respect for the environment, etc. and inquire into the new ethical problems contemporary technology brings about.
CRITERIA FOR ETHR COURSES
Teach how to reason about moral and political beliefs and practices, and how to deliberate and assess claims about ethical issues
Examine competing conceptions and theories of ethical notions such as the good life, obligation, rights, justice, and liberty
Teach how to assess and weigh the reasons for and against adopting these various conceptions and theories
Apply these conceptions and theories to concrete ethical dilemmas of the sort students will encounter in their lives, such as those that arise in medicine, law, business, politics, and daily life
Acquaint students with value systems different from their own, such as those of different religions or different historical periods and those expressed in different languages, and cultures