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PHIL 425: Moral Philosophy


Course Description

The Moral Philosophy Course builds on the earlier philosophy courses: Logic & Rhetoric, Philosophy of Man, and Metaphysics. Reflections on the nature of the human soul will guide critical questions on the meaning of life, happiness, freedom, truth, suffering, justice and friendship.

Drawing from reason and natural law, students will apply timeless principles to the most pressing moral and political challenges of our time. Topics of discussion will focus on bioethical issues connected to the beginning of life (abortion, in vitro fertilization, surrogate pregnancy, same-sex marriage, and contraception) and the end of life (euthanasia/ assisted suicide, capital punishment, just war).

Required Texts

Readings for this course include excerpts from the original texts of Aristotle, Plato, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Jean Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Alice von Hildebrand, John Paul II, and others.

School: High School

Department: Philosophy

Length: One Semester


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