2018-2019 Undergraduate Bulletin

PHI 102 Ethical Foundations in Just Society (was Intro to Ethics)

3 hours 

Ethics is the discipline that asks the questions: what is the right thing to do? and how do we know it is right? The course looks at some of the most influential theories of rightness and goodness and then applies these theories to questions of relevance to the creation and maintenance of a modern just society such as: How do we educate people to be good; Is goodness something all humans hold in common or is it merely the name we give to whatever our individual cultures judge to be good; and how do our individual differences such as race sex gender wealth and time and place of birth affect our ethical interactions.




This course satisfies the John Jay College Option: Justice and the Individual (100-level) area of the Gen Ed Program.

This course is a First Year Seminar and is restricted to Freshmen only.