Ethics (for Free)
Notes & Readings
These are unedited videos from the Fall 2015 Ethics class. Spoiler: I do not die at the end.
Part One Videos: Introduction & Moral Reasoning
Video 2: It covers the introduction to ethics, value, and the dreaded spectrum of morality.
Video 3: It covers the case paper.
Video 4: No video. Battery failure.
Video 5: It covers inductive arguments and the analogical argument.
Video 6: It covers Argument by/from Example and Argument from Authority.
Video 7: It covers Inconsistent Application and Reversing the Situation.
Video 8: It covers Argument by Definition, Appeal to Intuition, and Apply a Moral Principle. The death of the battery cuts this video a bit short.
Video 9: It covers Applying Moral Principles, Applying Moral Theories, the “Playing God” Argument and the Unnatural Argument.
Video 10: It covers Appeal to Consequences and Appeal to Rules.
Video 11: It covers Appeal to Rights and Mixing Norms.
Part Two Videos: Moral Theories
Video 12: It covers the introduction to Part II and the start of virtue theory.
Video 13: It covers Confucius and Aristotle.
Video 14: This continues Aristotle’s virtue theory.
Video 15: It covers the intro to ethics and religion as well as the start of Aquinas’ moral theory.
Video 16: It covers St. Thomas Aquinas, divine command theory, and John Duns Scotus.
Video 17: It covers the end of religion & ethics and the beginning of consequentialism.
Video 18: It covers Thomas Hobbes and two of the problems with ethical egoism.
Video 19: It covers the third objection to ethical egoism, the introduction to utilitarianism and the start of the discussion of J.S. Mill. Includes reference to Jeremy “Headless” Bentham.
Video 20: This video covers the second part of utilitarianism, the objections against utilitarianism and the intro to deontology.
Video 21: It covers the categorical imperative.
Part Three Videos: Why Be Good?, Moral Education & Equality
Video 22: It covers the question of “why be good?” and Plato’s Ring of Gyges.
Video 23: It covers the introduction to moral education and the start of Aristotle’s theory of moral education.
Video 24: It covers more of Aristotle’s theory of moral education.
Video 25: It covers the end of Rousseau and the start of equality.
Video 26: It covers the end of Rousseau and the start of equality.
Video 27: It covers Mary Wollstonecraft’s Vindication of the Rights of Women.
Video 28: This video covers the second part of Wollstonecraft and gender equality.
Video 29: It covers the start of ethics and race.
Video 30: It covers St. Thomas Aquinas’ discussion of animals and ethics.
Video 31: It covers Descartes’ discussion of animals. Includes reference to Siberian Huskies.
Video 32: It covers the end of Kant’s animal ethics and the utilitarian approach to animal ethics.
Part IV: Rights, Obedience & Liberty
Video 33: It covers the introduction to rights and a bit of Hobbes.
Video 34: It covers Thomas Hobbes’ view of rights and the start of John Locke’s theory of rights.
Video 35: It covers John Locke’s state of nature and theory of natural rights.
Video 36: It covers Locke’s theory of property and tyranny. It also covers the introduction to obedience and disobedience.
Video 37: It covers the Crito and the start of Thoreau’s theory of civil disobedience.
Video 38: It covers the second part of Thoreau’s essay on civil disobedience.
Video 39: It covers the end of Thoreau’s civil disobedience, Mussolini’s essay on fascism and the start of J.S. Mill’s theory of Liberty.
Video 40: It covers Mill’s theory of liberty.
Narration YouTube Videos
These videos consist of narration over Powerpoint slides. Good for naptime.
Part One Videos
- Argument Basics
- Deductive Arguments
- Inductive Arguments
- Analogical Argument
- Argument by/from Example
- Argument from Authority
- Appeal to Consequences
- Appeal to Rules
- Appeal to Rights
- Mixing Norms
Part Two Videos
- Aristotle’s Three Practical Rules
- Problems for Virtue Theory
- Religion & Ethics
- Thomas Aquinas Background
- Thomas Aquinas Teleological Ethics
- Thomas Aquinas 4 Laws
- Thomas Aquinas Summa Theologica
- Divine Command Theory
- John Dun Scotus
- Problems for Divine Command Theory
- Introduction to Deontology
- Introduction to Kantian Ethics
- Categorical Imperative
- Kantian Ethics: 3 Postulates of Morality
- Problems with Deontology
- Ethical Relativism & Subjectivism
- Problems for Relativism
Part Three Videos
- Why Be Good?
- Background for Socrates
- The Ring of Gyges
- Intro to Moral Education
- Aristotle Moral Education Part One
- Aristotle Moral Education Part Two
- Aristotle Moral Education Part Three
- Aristotle Moral Education Part Four
- Rousseau Part One
- Rousseau Part Two
- Introduction to Equality
- Wollstonecraft Introduction
- Wollstonecraft Part I
- Wollstonecraft Part II
- Wollstonecraft Part III
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Introduction to Species Equality
Part Four Videos
- Locke: State of War
- Locke: Property & Tyranny
- Intro to Obedience & Disobedience
- Thoreau Background
- Thoreau Civil Disobedience Part I
- Thoreau Civil Disobedience Part II
*This course has not been evaluated by the FDA as a sleep aid. Use at your own risk. Side effects might include Categorical Kidneys, Virtuous Spleen, and Spontaneous Implosion.