Moral Problems and the Good Life

A homeless man sleeping, a field of flowers behind him.

A homeless man sleeping in a park in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This course covers not only theoretical philosophical topics, but their application in the real world as well, e.g. social justice. (Image courtesy of Gonzalo Sáenz.)


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Fall 2008



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This course will focus on issues that arise in contemporary public debate concerning matters of social justice. Topics will likely include: euthanasia, gay marriage, racism and racial profiling, free speech, hunger and global inequality. Students will be exposed to multiple points of view on the topics and will be given guidance in analyzing the moral frameworks informing opposing positions. The goal will be to provide the basis for respectful and informed discussion of matters of common moral concern.

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Haslanger, Sally. 24.02 Moral Problems and the Good Life, Fall 2008. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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