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Animals & Ethics 101: Thinking Critically About Animal Rights
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This book provides an overview of the current debates about the nature and extent of our moral obligations to animals. Which, if any, uses of animals are morally wrong, which are morally permissible (i.e., not wrong) and why? What, if any, moral obligations do we, individually and as a society (and a global community), have towards animals and why? How should animals be treated? Why?

We will explore the most influential and most developed answers to these questions – given by philosophers, scientists, and animal advocates and their critics – to try to determine which positions are supported by the best moral reasons.

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Language, Philosophy, and Culture
Philosophy
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Author:
Nathan Nobis
Date Added:
08/13/2020
Canvas Commons Course for "Introduction to Philosophy: Ethics"
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This course was designed to provide supplemental material to accompany "Introduction to Philosophy: Ethics," edited by George Matthews (2019). This textbook is available for free online and has also been uploaded to the OERTX Repository. Links to the relevant chapters have been provided at the start of each module. Please feel free to use as much of this supplemental material as you would like and to edit it as you see fit.

Within the Instructor Resources, we have included PowerPoints and study guides over each chapter.

In each module, we have created Pages covering the main topics from the chapter, along with a summary of the chapter. Each Page consists of a few slides from the relevant PowerPoint. These slides are embedded as JPEGS, and alt-text is provided for the visually impaired. The slides were embedded in this way to make the content from the PowerPoints more manageable for students and so that the slides would be more accessible on mobile devices.

Along with these Pages, we have also provided podcasts and videos in each module and in the Additional Resources that emphasize connections to the empirical sciences, such as moral psychology, neuroscience, and evolutionary biology.

Each module contains a quiz. These quizzes draw randomly from pools of questions covering the chapter and the additional podcasts and videos. These quizzes were intended to be completed before class discussion, and they have been set to allow unlimited attempts until the due date.

Finally, each module also contains a dilemma for class discussion and a suggested active learning activity.

For additional assessment, we have provided a set of scaffolded writing assignments with accompanying rubrics, designed to help students learn how to write a philosophy paper. We have also included a model for a service-learning project.

If you have any questions about this material, please feel free to reach out to us. The PowerPoints, Pages, and Quizzes for each chapter were written by Dr. Jeremy Byrd (jeremy.byrd@tccd.edu), with the exception of those in the module over Chapter 7, which were written by Dr. Jeffrey Herr (jeffrey.herr@tccd.edu). Dr. Herr also wrote the dilemmas and the active learning activities for each module. The scaffolded writing assignments and rubrics were designed by Dr. Byrd, while Dr. Herr put together the service-learning project.

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Language, Philosophy, and Culture
Philosophy
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Full Course
Author:
Dr. Jeffrey Herr
Dr. Jeremy Byrd
Date Added:
12/16/2021
Engineering Ethics, Spring 2006
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Opportunity for individual or group study of advanced topics in Engineering Systems Division not otherwise included in the curriculum at MIT.: This course introduces the theory and the practice of engineering ethics using a multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural approach. Theory includes ethics and philosophy of engineering. Historical cases are taken primarily from the scholarly literatures on engineering ethics, and hypothetical cases are written by students. Each student will write a story by selecting an ancestor or mythic hero as a substitute for a character in a historical case. Students will compare these cases and recommend action.

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Language, Philosophy, and Culture
Philosophy
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Full Course
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MIT
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MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Broome, Taft
Date Added:
01/01/2006
Ethical Use of Technology in Digital Learning Environments: Graduate Student Perspectives
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This book is the result of a co-design project in a class in the Masters of Education program at the University of Calgary. The course, and the resulting book, focus primarily on the safe and ethical use of technology in digital learning environments. The course was organized according to four topics based on Farrow’s (2016) Framework for the Ethics of Open Education.This is the first of 2 Versions of this pressbook. Click on Volume 2 for information.

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This book is the result of a co-design project in a class in the Masters of Education program at the University of Calgary. The course, and the resulting book, focus primarily on the safe and ethical use of technology in digital learning environments. The course was organized according to four topics based on Farrow’s (2016) Framework for the Ethics of Open Education. Students were asked to review, analyze, and synthesize each topic from three meta-ethical theoretical positions: deontological, consequentialist, and virtue ethical (Farrow, 2016). The chapters in this open educational resource (OER) were co-designed using a participatory pedagogy with the intention to share and mobilize knowledge with a broader audience. The first three chapters in the book discuss specific ethical considerations related to technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) , social networking services (SNS), and 3D printing. The next four chapters shift to a broader discussion of resource sharing, adaptive learning systems, STEM, and assistive technologies. The final two chapters discuss admissions and communications that need to be considered from an institutional perspective. In each of the nine chapters, the authors discuss the connection to the value of technology in education, and practical possibilities of learning technologies for inclusive, participatory, democratic, and pluralistic educational paradigms.

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ISBN: 0-88953-438-1

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Communication Studies
Computer Science
Creative and Applied Arts
Education
Higher Education
Information Technology
Language, Philosophy, and Culture
Philosophy
Public Speaking
Special Education
Visual Arts
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
University of Calgary
Author:
Barbara Brown
Christie Hurrell
Dean Parthenis
Emma Lockyer
Heather van Streun
Jeff Lowry
Jennifer Ansorger
Kourtney Kerr
Michele Jacobsen
Nicole Neutzling
Simo Zarkovic
Terri Marles
Verena Roberts
Date Added:
08/23/2021
Ethics, Fall 2009
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This class analyzes the theoretical and historical reasons why governments in latecomer countries have intervened with a wide array of policies to foster industrial development at various turning points: the initiation of industrial activity; the diversification of the industrial base; the restructuring of major industrial institutions; and the entry into high-technology sectors.

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Language, Philosophy, and Culture
Philosophy
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Full Course
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MIT
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MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Markovits, Julia
Date Added:
01/01/2009
Foundations of Western Culture II: Renaissance to Modernity, Spring 2003
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This subject offers a broad survey of texts (both literary and philosophical) drawn from the Western tradition and selected to trace the growth of ideas about the nature of mankind's ethical and political life in the West since the renaissance It will deal with the change in perspective imposed by scientific ideas, the general loss of a supernatural or religious perspective upon human events, and the effects for good or ill of the increasing authority of an intelligence uninformed by religion as a guide to life. The readings are roughly complementary to the readings in 21L001, and classroom discussion will stress appreciation and analysis of texts that came to represent the cultural heritage of the modern world.

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Creative and Applied Arts
Language, Philosophy, and Culture
Literature
Philosophy
Religious Studies
World Cultures
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Full Course
Provider:
MIT
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MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Kibel, Alvin C.
Date Added:
01/01/2003
Introduction to Ethics
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This textbook is an introduction to Ethics. It covers the origins of ethics, ethical judgment, decision making, mistakes in reasoning, rethical theories, and contemporary ethical issues.

Subject:
Language, Philosophy, and Culture
Philosophy
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Achieving the Dream
Author:
El Paso Community College
Manuela A. Gomez
Date Added:
05/14/2021
Introduction to Ethics: An Open Educational Resource
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This Introduction to Ethics textbook was developed as an Open Textbook (OER, Open Educational Resource) for use in a lower-level Philosophy course at Golden West College (a California Community College) as part of a sabbatical project in Spring 2019. This work is effectively an anthology of contemporary moral issues and classic ethical theory, in the vein of Rachels' "The Right Thing to Do" or Cahn's "Exploring Ethics". Many of the articles were crowdsourced from talented philosophers and the rest are classic historical readings in the public domain. It is released under a CC-BY license, which means all of the works within it contain licenses that allow them to be used and distributed freely and openly and may be printed (even for commercial purposes).

Subject:
Language, Philosophy, and Culture
Philosophy
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Noah Levin
Date Added:
02/17/2023
An Introduction to Philosophy
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The goal of this text is to present philosophy to newcomers as a living discipline with historical roots. While a few early chapters are historically organized, my goal in the historical chapters is to trace a developmental progression of thought that introduces basic philosophical methods and frames issues that remain relevant today. Later chapters are topically organized. These include philosophy of science and philosophy of mind, areas where philosophy has shown dramatic recent progress. This text concludes with four chapters on ethics, broadly construed. I cover traditional theories of right action in the third of these. Students are first invited first to think about what is good for themselves and their relationships in a chapter of love and happiness. Next a few meta-ethical issues are considered; namely, whether they are moral truths and if so what makes them so. The end of the ethics sequence addresses social justice, what it is for one’s community to be good. Our sphere of concern expands progressively through these chapters. Our inquiry recapitulates the course of development into moral maturity

Subject:
Language, Philosophy, and Culture
Philosophy
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Bellevue College
Author:
W. Russ Payne
Date Added:
08/13/2020
Introduction to Philosophy: Epistemology
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Introduction to Philosophy: Epistemology engages first-time philosophy readers on a guided tour through the core concepts, questions, methods, arguments, and theories of epistemology—the branch of philosophy devoted to the study of knowledge. After a brief overview of the field, the book progresses systematically while placing central ideas and thinkers in historical and contemporary context.

The chapters cover the analysis of knowledge, the nature of epistemic justification, rationalism vs. empiricism, skepticism, the value of knowledge, the ethics of belief, Bayesian epistemology, social epistemology, and feminist epistemologies. Along the way, instructors and students will encounter a wealth of additional resources and tools:
Chapter learning outcomes
Key terms
Images of philosophers and related art
Useful diagrams and tables
Boxes containing excerpts and other supplementary material
Questions for reflection
Suggestions for further reading
A glossary

For an undergraduate survey epistemology course, Introduction to Philosophy: Epistemology is ideal when used as a main text paired with primary sources and scholarly articles. For an introductory philosophy course, select book chapters are best used in combination with chapters from other books in the Introduction to Philosophy series.

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Language, Philosophy, and Culture
Philosophy
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Textbook
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Rebus Community
Author:
Brian C. Barnett
Daniel Massey
Guy Axtell
Jonathan Lopez
K. S. Sangeetha
Monica C. Poole
Todd R. Long
William D. Rowley
Date Added:
02/14/2022
Introduction to Philosophy: Ethics
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We often make judgments about good and bad, right and wrong. Philosophical ethics is the critical examination of these and other concepts central to how we evaluate our own and each others’ behavior and choices.

This text examines some of the main threads of discussion on these topics that have developed over the last couple of millenia, mostly within the Western cultural tradition. It considers basic questions about moral and ethical judgment: Is there such a thing as something that is really right or really wrong independent of time, place and perspective? What is the relationship between religion and ethics? How can we reconcile self-interest and ethics? Is it ever acceptable to harm one person in order to help others? What do recent discussions in evolutionary biology or have to say about human moral systems? What is the relation between gender and ethics? The authors invite you to participate in their exploration of these and many other questions in philosophical ethics.

If you are adopting or adapting this book for a course, please let us know on our adoption form for the Introduction to Philosophy open textbook series: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdwf2E7bRGvWefjhNZ07kgpgnNFxVxxp-iidPE5gfDBQNGBGg/viewform?usp=sf_link.

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Language, Philosophy, and Culture
Philosophy
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Textbook
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Rebus Community
Author:
Christina Hendricks (Series Editor)
Douglas Giles
Frank Aragbonfoh Abumere
George Matthews (Book Editor)
Jeffrey Morgan
Joseph Kranak
Kathryn MacKay
Michael Klenk
Paul Rezkalla
Ya-Yun (Sherry) Kao
Date Added:
08/13/2020
Introduction to Philosophy: Ethics
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We often make judgments about good and bad, right and wrong. Philosophical ethics is the critical examination of these and other concepts central to how we evaluate our own and each others' behavior and choices. This text examines some of the main threads of discussion on these topics that have developed over the last couple of millenia, mostly within the Western cultural tradition.

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Language, Philosophy, and Culture
Philosophy
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Textbook
Provider:
South Puget Sound Community College
Author:
Christina Hendricks (Series Editor)
Douglas Giles
Frank Aragbonfoh Abumere
George Matthews (Book Editor)
Jeffrey Morgan
Joseph Kranak
Kathryn MacKay
Michael Klenk
Paul Rezkalla
Ya-Yun (Sherry) Kao
Date Added:
07/15/2020
Introduction to Philosphy (PHIL 101)
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This is an introductory course to Philosophy, which is the study of general and fundamental problems such as those connected with existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language. Students will be introduced to the primary branches of Philosophy - ethics, logic, metaphysics, and epistemology. The course considers philosophers and works of Western Philosophy, including Plato, Hebrew scripture, Schopenhauer, Swedenborg, Buber, Kant, Hume, Locke and Berkeley.

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Language, Philosophy, and Culture
Philosophy
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Full Course
Homework/Assignment
Lecture Notes
Lesson Plan
Reading
Syllabus
Provider:
Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges
Provider Set:
Open Course Library
Date Added:
10/31/2011
Narrative Ethics: Literary Texts and Moral Issues in Medicine, January (IAP) 2007
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The eight-session subject uses literary narratives and poetry to study ethical issues in medicine. Methodology emphasizes the importance of context, contingency, and circumstance in recognizing, evaluating, and resolving moral problems. Focus on developing the skills of critical and reflective reading that increase effectiveness in clinical medicine. Texts include short fiction and poetry by Woolf, Chekhov, Carver, Kafka, Hurston, Marquez, and Tolstoy. Instructor provides necessary philosophic and literary context followed by class discussion. Students keep a reading journal that examines the meanings of illness, the moral role of the physician, and the relevance of emotions, culture, faith, values, social realities, and life histories to patient care.

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Language, Philosophy, and Culture
Philosophy
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Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Montello, Martha
Date Added:
01/01/2007
Navigating the Space Between Us
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This open access textbook was developed as an upper division undergraduate textbook for a conflict resolution CR 310U Values and Ethics course (required for a PSU bachelor's degree in CR) and adaptable to a conflict resolution CR 513 graduate course (required for PSU master's degree in CR). Its intended audience are students from Portland State University enrolled in a ten week, quarter system, though it is adaptable for a semester length course. The chapters are combined with other readings on conflict resolution values and ethics. This open access textbook may be used to supplement resources for other courses that address aspects of conflict resolution values and ethics.

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Language, Philosophy, and Culture
Philosophy
Material Type:
Textbook
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PDX Pressbooks
Author:
Robert Gould
Date Added:
08/26/2021
The Originals: Classic Readings in Western Philosophy
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It is important for students not only to get an appreciation and understanding of philosophy but also to be exposed to the very words and ideas of those who have shaped our thinking over the centuries. Accordingly, the title of this collection hints at the facts that these readings are from the original sources and that these philosophers were the originators of many of the issues we still discuss today. Major areas of philosophy covered here are: Ethics, Epistemology, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Religion, Ethics, Socio-Political Philosophy, and finally, Aesthetics.

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Language, Philosophy, and Culture
Philosophy
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Textbook
Provider:
BCcampus
Provider Set:
BCcampus Open Textbooks
Author:
Jeff McLaughlin
Date Added:
08/13/2020
Phil-P102 Critical Thinking and Applied Ethics
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As an “applied ethics” course, the goal is to help you understand the role that ethical (and other) values play in our lives, and how argumentation that involves values both depends on and differs from reasoning about non-evaluative matters. For even if agreement about matters of value is sometimes challenging, it is possible to think critically in ethical matters and to have better and worse arguments for our beliefs. Gaining proficiency in this sort of critical thinking isn’t just an academic need — it will help you understand and engage the world around you and be able to resist those who either intentionally or unintentionally would deceive you. This course is driven by concrete scenarios and real-world issues we face today, but it is framed by 2500 years of Western philosophy and the conceptual and analytical tools developed in this tradition. Thus, the course provides a good introduction to philosophy, and it will hopefully encourage some of you to pursue further study within the philosophy department.

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Language, Philosophy, and Culture
Philosophy
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Indiana University
Author:
R. Matthew Shockey
Date Added:
03/16/2021
Philosophical Ethics
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This book is an introduction to philosophical ethics intended for use in introductory college or high school level courses. It has grown out of lecture notes I shared with the first students who took my online Ethics course at the Pennsylvania College of Technology almost 20 years ago. Since then it has seen more development in a variety of forms – starting out as a pdf document, and then evolving into a static set of WordPress pages and finally now as a book written in bookdown and hosted at GitHub. This text represents my attempt to scratch a couple of itches. The first is my wanting a presentation of the major philosophical approaches to ethics that I can actually agree with and that is integrated into my overall teaching method. I tend to teach philosophy to beginners and so there is a fair amount of discussion of the tools used by philosophers and of the ways in which their approach differs from that of their colleagues in other disciplines.

Subject:
Language, Philosophy, and Culture
Philosophy
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
George W. Matthews
Date Added:
02/14/2022