Philosophy Class LIVE! – Week 13

Our next and final LIVE online meeting for PHIL 135 – Introduction to Ethics – is on Wednesday, 27 Apr 2016 at 11:00 noon (PT), right here and on Google+ Hangouts on Air. This week you have two articles on the topics of terrorism and torture. Next week you have two articles on the moral status of the environment. We will also discuss your final assignment – a research/analytical essay on a moral issue of your choice.

This is specifically for my Truckee Meadows Community College students, but everyone is welcome!
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Agenda

  • Quiz 13
    • Readings: “Terrorism: A Critique of Excuses,” Michael Walzer (Ch 24)
    • Readings: “Should the Ticking Bomb Terrorist Be Tortured?,” Alan Dershowitz (Ch 25)
  • Quiz 14
    • Readings: “The Ethics of Respect for Nature,” Paul Taylor (Ch 28)
    • Readings: “Ideals of Human Excellence and Preserving Natural Environments,” Thomas Hill, Jr (Ch 29)
  • Final Analytical Essay
  • Q&A!

Philosophy Class LIVE! – Week 10

Our next LIVE online meeting for PHIL 135 – Introduction to Ethics – is on Thursday, 07 Apr 2016 at 12:30 noon (PT), right here and on Google+ Hangouts on Air. This week you have two articles on the morality of abortion. This is specifically for my Truckee Meadows Community College students, but everyone is welcome!
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Agenda

  • Quiz 10 Preview
  • Readings: “A Defense of Abortion,” Judith Jarvis Thomson (Ch 30)
  • Readings: “Why Abortion is Immoral,” Don Marquis (Ch 31)
  • Final Analytical Essay: Overview
  • Q&A!

Philosophy Class LIVE! – Week 8

Our next LIVE online meeting for PHIL 135 – Introduction to Ethics – is on Friday, 25 Mar 2016 at 12:00 noon (PT), right here and on Google+ Hangouts on Air. This is specifically for my Truckee Meadows Community College students, but everyone is welcome! Post-production note: the first 60 seconds has no sound! You may want to jump forward to the point when I enable the microphone!
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Agenda

  • Quiz 7: How did you do?
  • New Book! The Ethical Life
  • Quiz 8 Preview
  • Readings: “Puppies, Pigs and People: Eating Meat and Marginal Cases,” Alastair Norcross (Ch 26)
  • Readings: “Moral Standing, the Value of Lives, and Speciesism,” R. G. Frey (Ch 27)
  • Q&A!

Philosophy Class LIVE! – Week 7

Our next LIVE online meeting for PHIL 135 – Introduction to Ethics – is on Friday, 11 Mar 2016 at 10:00 am (PT), right here and on Google+ Hangouts on Air. This is specifically for my Truckee Meadows Community College students, but everyone is welcome!

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Agenda

  • Quiz 6 Autopsy: How did you do?
  • Quiz 7 Preview
  • Readings: Virtue Ethics (Ch 17)
  • Readings: Feminist Ethics (Ch 18)
  • Q&A!

Philosophy Class LIVE! – Week 6

Our next LIVE online meeting for PHIL 135 – Introduction to Ethics – is on Wednesday, 02 Mar 2016 at 11:00 am (PT), right here and on Google+ Hangouts on Air. This is specifically for my Truckee Meadows Community College students, but everyone is welcome!

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Agenda

  • Quiz 5 Autopsy: How did you do?
  • Quiz 6 Preview
  • Readings: Ethical Pluralism (Chs 15-16)
  • Q&A!

Philosophy Class LIVE! – Week 5

Our next LIVE online meeting for PHIL 135 – Introduction to Ethics – is on Friday, 26 Feb 2016 at 10:00 am (PT), right here and on Google+ Hangouts on Air. This is specifically for my Truckee Meadows Community College students, but everyone is welcome!

Agenda

  • Quiz 4 Autopsy: How did you do?
  • Quiz 5 Preview
  • Readings: Social Contractarianism (Chs 13-14)
  • Q&A!

Philosophy Class LIVE! – Week 4

Our next LIVE online meeting for PHIL 135 – Introduction to Ethics – is on Thursday, 18 Feb 2016 at 10:30 (PT), right here and on Google+ Hangouts on Air. This is specifically for my Truckee Meadows Community College students, but everyone is welcome!

Agenda

  • Quiz 2 Autopsy: How did you do?
  • Quiz 4 Preview
  • Readings: Consequentialism (Chs 9-10) and Kantian ethics (Chs 11-12)
  • Q&A!

Philosophy Class LIVE! – Week 2

Our next LIVE online meeting for PHIL 135 – Introduction to Ethics – is on Tuesday, 02 Feb 2016 at 6:30 (PT), right here and on Google+ Hangouts on Air. This is specifically for my Truckee Meadows Community College students, but everyone is welcome!

Agenda

  • Quiz 1 Autopsy: How did you do?
  • Quiz 2 Preview
  • Readings: Psychological Egoism (Ch 7) and Ethical Egoism (Ch 8)
  • Q&A!

Philosophy Class LIVE!

We’ll be having our first meeting of the semester for PHIL 135 – Introduction to Ethics – on Thursday, 28 Jan 2016, right here and on Google Hangouts. This is specifically for my Truckee Meadows Community College students, but everyone is welcome! Live streaming philosophy class and office hours? Yes. See you then!

Agenda

  • Introduction
  • Syllabus
  • Readings: Introduction and Natural Law Theory (Ch 6)
  • Quiz 1 Preview
  • Q&A!

Philosophy Periscope

The Periscope app, that is. I’m experimenting with this live broadcast app as a tool for going over course content each week, reviewing previous work, and holding Q&A sessions. I need to tweak settings for capturing comments as they come in, but overall I think this will enhance the experience of an online course and distance learning. I’m posting them on Youtube so that anyone can replay a broadcast. I’d be glad to hear from anyone who’s had experience with this as a tool in education, suggestions for best practices, and so on. Post a comment or send me a message with your tips, observations, etc.

Introduction to Ethics – Week 1

Course overview, syllabus, assignments, close reading and annotations. Link.

World Religions – Week 1

Course overview. Link