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, 2020


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.

·  - This is Ross's translation.

· - This is Rackham's translation with Bekker numbers.



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:

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

2.    Materials for ethics courses

3.    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 Fall, 2020