PHL 225: Ethics
Note: This course plan is subject to change at the instructor's discretion. Students are expected to check this page frequently to remain abreast of any updates.
The following list of topics is chronological in order and gives the general themes into which our assignments will fall over the course of the term.
Week 1: Course Introduction
Weeks 2-3: Pragmatics ( a la Grice) and Speech Acts (Austin, Searle, and maybe Sperber & Wilson)
Weeks 4-5: Theories of Truth
Weeks 6-7: Lying (sociolingusitics/pragmatics)
Weeks 8-9: Lying (ethics/politics)
Weeks 10-11: Bullshit (Frankfurt’s book)
Weeks 12-13: Bullshit (Cohen, etc.—newer work on the concept from the last decade or so)
Weeks 14-15: Related Phenomena (seduction, con men, “fake news”, conspiracy theories, urban myths, rhetorical “dark arts”, etc.)
The whole term is planned out on this calendar. Click on the entry for any day to see what readings and work are assigned for that day. If you have a gmail account you can incorporate the events on this calendar into your own rather easily so that you may access them from your own computer or smartphone.
How to Use the Calendar
1. Click on "Agenda" at the top right box in the frame of the calendar.
2. Find the day you want, and click on its title. The entry for that day will open.
3. Click on "more detail" at the bottom of the entry. This will display click-able links to readings, etc..
List of Readings and Other Media
We have no textbook in this class. Instead we will use electronically accessible journal articles and other media. Below is a listing of these items. Consult the detailed course plan for specific readings and assignments. Note that access to the journal articles comes via our library. Thus, if you have trouble accessing the articles the first place you should go for help is the reference desk at the library. Please be aware that computer problems of any kind will not excuse anyone from the responsibility to do the work of the class. Please plan ahead.