Ethics is the study of questions about how we should live and how things should be. For example:
- How much should we give to the poor?
- How should we distribute scarce bio-medical resources?
- Should we violate the rights of individuals when we can bring about the greater good by doing so?
- How should a society be organized if it is to count as just?
This concentration will give you a variety of different theoretical tools to help ask and answer such questions.
1. The Requirement
Students must take three of the following courses:
At least one of the three must cover ethical theory (24.02, 24.04, 24.120, 24.231). A concentration proposal must be approved by the Ethics Concentration Advisor. If appropriate, the Ethics Concentration Advisor may approve courses other than those listed above.
2. Application Forms
Concentration credit in philosophy is obtained by first filing a proposal
form with the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy and afterwards submitting
a certificate of completion form. Proposal and completion forms are available
at the department office in 32-D808, the office of the HASS Requirement in 12-126, or through
UAAO in 7-104. Both forms are reviewed and signed by the ethics concentration
advisor. When the completion form is filed, it must be accompanied
by a copy of the Registrar's transcript or grade report that gives proof that
the subjects have been completed with a passing grade. Please circle
the three subjects on the submitted transcript or grade report.
Professor White is available for consultation. Please contact Prof. White at 617-253-3554 or firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment. Please feel free to leave all relevant forms and grade reports in the main office, Bldg. 32-D808 for Prof. White's signature.
Ms. Jennifer Purdy in 32-D812 (x3-9372; email@example.com) will also be glad to be of help, both in giving general information and in directing students to the faculty advisors.