Contemporary Moral Issues

Course Code: GMOR 150

Academic Year: 2021-2022

It's safe to say that at some point in our lives, we will come face to face with a moral dilemma. It may involve a personal relationship, a political commitment or even a controversial social issue that we see debated in the news media. Whatever the case, when we find ourselves asking about the right thing to do, about what makes a good person good or about the best kind of life to lead, we find ourselves immersed in the murky waters of morality. What is the source of our moral judgments? Should we rely on our feelings to determine what is good or bad, or should we rely on reason? Are our moral values the products of social, cultural or historical circumstances, or could they be said to transcend them? To help us answer these and other questions, we will survey some of the great moral philosophers of history. While they each wrote in different times and places, they will provide us with signposts for evaluating our present moral state and test our intuitions with regard to some of the most urgent social and political issues of our time, such as euthanasia, war and terrorism, which call on us to make informed judgments backed by sound moral reasoning.