"Being unable to cure death, wretchedness, and ignorance, men [and women] have decided, in order to be happy, not to think about such things." ~ Blaise Pascal, Pensees (133).
"Our lives are empty. We cannot face the vacuum. So we fill our lives up with junk, with trash, with refuse.... we divert ourselves from our real needs.... We invent little problems and hold them close, fixating on them to block us from seeing the bigger problems." ~ Thomas V. Moore, Making Sense of it All: Pascal and the Meaning of Life, pp. 32-33.
"The only good thing for men therefore is to be diverted from thinking of what they are, either by some occupation which takes their minds off it, or by some novel and agreeable passion which keeps them busy, like gambling, hunting, some absorbing show, in short by what is called diversion" ~ Blaise Pascal, Pensees (136).
| Ethics |
Consider the following pithy statements:
"If we examine our thoughts, we shall find them always occupied with the past and the future."
"Man's greatness lies in the power of thought."
"Reason commands us far more imperiously than a master; for in disobeying the one we are unfortunate, and in disobeying the other we are fools.
"People almost invariably arrive at their beliefs not on the basis of proof but on the basis of what they find attractive."
~ Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), 17th Century Philosopher
Welcome to Ethics. In this course you will be introduced to the moral philosophy of thinkers like Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Kant, Mills, and Simone de Beauvoir. You will also be introduced to existentialism, American philosophy, Natural Law theory, and virtue ethics. You will be asked to consider, evaluate, and ponder certain revolutionary ideas, systems, and particular outlooks on life that have impacted thought and culture, personally and collectively. Some of these areas of study include virtue ethics, natural law ethics, deontological ethics, consequential ethics, existentialism, and American pragmatism.
Below is course syllabus. if you lose your course syllabus you are able to download a copy from here. It is in PDF. Please check this website throughout the semester for added material.