Teaching A Course On Ethics Essay

778 Words Nov 10th, 2016 4 Pages
If I were teaching a course on ethics I would have a few goals. The first would be to teach my students how to use their ability to think critically. I would start with critical thinking because I do not believe that any of us can begin to understand existing ethical theories or really examine our existing ethical values without the ability to think critically about them. We need to be able to use reason, rather than emotion when studying ethics and without the knowledge of critical thinking that is very difficult to do. Unfortunately, critical thinking is not something that most of us have been taught and have no idea of where to begin. It is also not something that is easily mastered, but having at least some idea of how to think critically and examine things critically can help when trying to learn about ethics. My next goal would be for my students to learn about existing ethical philosophies and theories. I believe learning about Utilitarianism, Hedonism, Epicureanism, Humanism, natural law, authoritarianism, and other theories on ethics can help people practice their critical thinking and help them begin to form an idea of which way their own moral compass points. Studying these different theories and ethical philosophies also allows us to see that there are philosophies that share some commonalities, but may have altered or added an ethical value that was important to the person responsible for creating the theory or philosophy. Many of the theories are very…

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