Using the Concept of "Traditional Ethics" to Teach Introductory Ethics

TitleUsing the Concept of "Traditional Ethics" to Teach Introductory Ethics
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsSchiell, TC
JournalTeaching Ethics: The Journal of the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum
Date PublishedSpring 2011
PublisherSociety for Ethics Across the Curriculum
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number15444031
Keywordsethics , ethics courses , PHILOSOPHY
AbstractTeachers of an introductory ethics course must answer numerous difficult questions about course organization and content. Three crucial questions are: Which ethical theories/ethicists to include? What mix of theory and applied cases or issues? Which applied cases or issues? In this article, the author describes the "traditional ethics" approach he utilizes in his own course. He defines what is meant by "traditional ethics" and describes some of the benefits it provides. By traditional ethics, the author means four philosophically significant and fundamental features that most ethical traditions share, namely objectivism, virtue ethics, altruism, and fulfillment. He discusses in detail what he means by each, term, and how he uses traditional ethics in his course.
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