Course Description

450.606 - Ethics for a Multicultural World

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This is a course in applied philosophy, a practical approach to ethical thinking based principally on the Discourse Ethic of Jurgen Habermas. Using a "Moral GPS," the course works through the basic steps of a discernment and decision process that takes into account the particular ethical challenges of the 21st-century multicultural world. Through the work of this course, Students will:

  • analyze the principal ethical theories and their relation to each other;
  • evaluate their own ethical assumptions and those of others in relation to those ethical theories;
  • be able to validate ethical claims in ways compatible with cross-cultural dialog;
  • be able to guide ethical dialog toward consensus for effective action