An introduction to philosophy and philosophical investigation that is less general, but no more advanced, than PHI 100 (Introduction to Philosophy). Philosophical methods will be used to examine some of the most troublesome ethical/social issues of contemporary life. Among the issues/problems that might be discussed are the following: cloning and genetic engineering; drug use and drug addiction; same-sex sexual relations and same-sex marriage; the use of non-human inhabitants of this planet for research and for food; punishment and the death penalty; euthanasia and assisted suicide; racism, sexism, ageism, and affirmative action. Alternative versions of this course may focus on topics such as justice, beauty, truth, and ultimate reality.
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