Ethics Links including Materials for PHL 210, Moral Philosophy/PHL 303, Great Traditions in Ethics, Issues in Ethics

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Syllabus and materials for Fall 2021

Syllabus Moral Philosophy, PHL 210-04 & PHL 210-05 (MWF), Fall 2021

Materials for PHL-210, Moral Philosophy

Welcome to PHL 210 - Moral Philosophy!

4 Questions to ask yourself as you read

5 things to wonder about while you read


Note - If you can't access the Canvas pages, for the due dates for these assignments, please see the Syllabus for Moral Philosophy, PHL 210-04 & PHL 210-05 (MWF), Fall 2021

Assignment: In-class writing assignment on what you find interesting to study/things that could help you learn more in this course.

Assignment: Remember to check out the PHL 210 Syllabus

Assignment: Group Work on Ethical Theories (and Plato's Euthyphro)

Assignment: Group Work on Plato's Apology.

Assignment: Group Work on Plato's Crito

Assignment: Group Work on Plato's Meno

Assignment: Group Work on Plato's Phaedo

Assignment: Group Work on Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, Book 1

Assignment: Group Work on Friendship and Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics Books 8-9

Assignment: Group Work on Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics Books 2-7 and Kathryn J. Norlock's Feminist Ethics.

Assignment: Group Work on  Confucius' Analects, Books I-X.

Assignment: Group Work on Confucius' Analects and some human situations, Books I-XX

Assignment: Group Work on  Lau Tzu's Tao Te Ching, Book One.

Assignment: Group Work on  Lau Tzu's Tao Te Ching, Book Two

Assignment: Group work on Martin Buber's Way of Man

Links to some online versions of the texts

For those of you who have difficulty reuniting with your textbooks,

Here are links to some online versions of our Aristotle texts, Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics.

  1. Buber's Way of Man according to the Hasidim (Links to an external site.)  (begins on p. 424 of Walter Kaufmann's Religion from Tolstoy to Camus)
  2. Analects of Confucius (Links to an external site.)  translation by A. Charles Muller       
  3.  A copy of D.C. Lau's translation of the Tao Te Ching can be found at 
    Tao Te Ching at Terebess Asia Online (TAO) (Links to an external site.)
  4. Daode jing (Links to an external site.) - translation of the Tao Te Ching by A. Charles Muller      
  5. Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, translated by Ross (Links to an external site.)
  6. Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics,  Rackham's translation with Bekker numbers (Links to an external site.).


Material from other semesters

Take-home Quiz 1, due Oct. 28, 2020 (posted on canvas 10/19/20)

Older Links: 

Some Group Work on Buber and Lao Tzu

PHL 210-Take-home Quiz 2 due Monday, April 20, 2020

PHL210 Quiz1, due 3-30-20

Following  is the text of the March 18 email I sent about this quiz:

Dear Students,

   Since I normally go over these quizzes in class when I hand them out, I thought it would be a good idea to do it here as well.

   A.  Read the quiz carefully before you start.

   B.  Remember one purpose of the quiz is for you to show off what you understand  (another purpose is to give you an opportunity to increase your understanding by working on the quiz).

    As I've mentioned to some of you in previous emails:

   You can choose either question for the take-home.  (If you choose to do the optional quiz, answer the other question as well.)  Short paragraphs would probably work well to answer each question. You can break down your answer into sections as follows:

   1.  If you choose question 1: 

        The first section would name the 3 people and briefly explain what they have done and who they are.

        The second section would explain what makes them excellent and might itself be divided into different parts, perhaps a part for each person you listed.

        If you notice something interesting or important from doing this, you can add a third concluding section explaining that.

   2.  If you choose the question 2, you'll notice that it contains 4 questions.  To answer it, you would write a 4 part answer (short paragraphs would probably work better here, as well) addressing each question.  Again, if you notice something interesting or important from doing this, you can add an additional concluding section explaining that.

   3. For question 1 and question 2, make sure to cite your sources completely (in any standard style that will make it easy for you or me to identify your source, and find it if it can be found).  Cite them all, including classmates, other classes, books, websites, etc.  

     Looking forward to reading these!

        - Michael Kagan 

  P.S.  Here are links to the quiz, course materials, and our updated syllabus:

PHL210, Quiz 1, Spring 2020, due 3-30-2020

Materials for ethics courses

Philosophy 210-03 and 210-04, Syllabus for Moral Philosophy, Spring, 2020 MWF

2020 group work on Phaedo

2020 Group work on Meno

November, 2019, group work on Tao Te Ching and Analects

Aristotle, October, 2019 group work

Apology group work

Quiz 2 due Monday, May 6, 2019 and group work of 04.29.2019

Additional Meno notes 2019

Meno group work

Some Group Work on Buber and Lao Tzu

Quiz 2 - due Wed., Nov. 28,2018

Some Group Work on Tao Te Ching and the Analects (Nov., 2018)

Some group work on the Analects (November 16, 2018)

Aristotle group work – October, 2018

  Euthyphro question (Sept. 4, 2018)

Group work on some cultural implications of Confucius

Quiz 1 for PHL 210, due Oct. 31, 2017

Group work on The Best Day"

 Group work on afterlife/Phaedo

PHL 210, Quiz 2 (Due 12-7-16)

PHL210, Quiz 1 (due 11-9-16)

Group work on Aristotle, Buber, Lao Tzu, Plato, and Confucius (Nov. 2016)

Aristotle group work – October, 2018

Crito – persuasion and conviction group work


Quiz 2, Due Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Quiz 1, due Friday, April 8, 2016

Materials for PHL-210, Moral Philosophy

Euthyphro question (Sept. 4, 2018)

Some Group Work on Persuasion and Conviction (Jan. 27, 2016)

M. Kagan, Reductio (some deductive logic), modified 01.26.2016

Alison McIntyre's article on "Doctrine of Double Effect" from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Older links: 

New Quizzes

Quiz 1, due Friday, April 8, 2016

Old Quizzes



Group work will be posted during the semester.

Old Quizzes (Fall 2012 and Spring 2011)

Old Quizzes (Fall 2011)


Notes, handouts, syllabi

Links to some internet resources

    This excellent overview provides historical background, gives bibliographic and internet linking information, distinguishes and discusses different approaches.  It also includes a very useful presentation of issues related to feminist ethics of care (e.g., Carol Gilligan and Nel Noddings).

Syllabus and materials for Spring 2021

Syllabus Moral Philosophy, PHL 210-04 & PHL 210-05 (MWF), Fall 2021

Materials for PHL-210, Moral Philosophy