PHIL 160 Introduction to Ethics

Course Description

This course is an introduction to metaethics, normative ethics, and applied ethics. Fundamental ethical concepts, theories, and arguments in classical, medieval, modern, and contemporary ethical thought are presented, analyzed, and critically evaluated.


None; however, good reading and writing skills are essential. Eligibility for English 100 is advised. Familiarity with Computer operating systems, such as Windows, is needed to a degree.

Required Reading Materials

  1. The Moral Philosophers 2ND ed. 1998 by Richard Norman ISBN:9780198752165
  2. Ethics: Contemporary Readings 2004 edited by Gensler, Spurgin and Swindal. ISBN:9780415256810
  3. You must rent/see one of the following films: Boyz in the Hood, Fast Food Nation, Fight Club, Groundhog Day, Gattaca, Lord of the Flies, Return to Paradise, or Wall Street

Recommended Items (Not required but recommended and should be helpful.):

  1. “The Examined Life”: 4 DVD series ISBN: 1-5837-004-8 or 9781583700044 by Intelecom
  2. The Good, the Bad, and the Difference 2003 by Randy Cohen ISBN: 9780767908139 (not at bookstore). Or see “The Ethicist” weekly column in the online New York Times.
  3. Study Guides (noted as “SG”) provided at no charge.