Ethics (PHIL*2120) | College of Arts

Ethics (PHIL*2120)

Code and section: PHIL*2120*01

Term: Fall 2021

Instructor: Ken Dorter


Method of Delivery:

Face to face (on campus).

Course Synopsis:

A study of four of the most influential texts in ethics, covering the areas of Virtue Ethics (Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics), Utilitarianism (J.S. Mill’s Utilitarianism), Existentialism (Simone de Beauvoir’s The Ethics of Ambiguity), and Stoicism (Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations).

Assignments & Means of Evaluation:

  • Essay(s) - Either two 1250 word essays (25% each) or one 2500 word essay (50%)
  • Final exam - 50%

Required Textbooks:

  • Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics (Penguin ISBN 9780140449495) 
  • Mill, Utilitarianism (Dover ISBN 0486454223) 
  • Beauvoir, Ethics of Ambiguity (Open Road ISBN 9781504054225). Buy this edition – an older one has different pagination. 
  • Marcus Aurelius, Meditations (Penguin ISBN 9780140449334)


Please note:  This is a preliminary web course outline only.  The Philosophy Department reserves the right to change without notice any information in this description.  The final, binding course outline will be distributed in the first class of the semester.