Category: Lecture Notes

On The Role of Film as Course Material

In the years I have been teaching philosophy, religious studies, and communications, I have used a variety of resources in my courses. Textbooks are useful in many courses and students are expected to complete assigned readings in order to be prepared for class. The…

Lecture Notes: Ethical Systems

Cultural Relativism This system asserts that an action is right if one’s culture approves of it. Moral rightness and wrongness are relative to cultures. So, culture A cannot judge culture B by culture A’s moral standards. To each his own. Subjective Relativism The subjective relativist…

Lecture Notes: Life Issues – Abortion

TERMINOLOGY Verbiage related to where a person stands on the issues of abortion has become insanely politicized. Terms like “pro-life,” “pro-choice,” “anti-choice,” etc. have become lobbying brands more than moral positions. So, for the purposes of discussion in this course, let us employ simple…

Lecture Notes: The Communication Process

Technology evolves. The process remains the same.

Lecture Notes: Logic

The foundation of critical and analytical thinking.

Lecture Notes: Essentials of Ethics

Defining ethics and drawing distinctions between morality and legality.

Lecture Notes: Social Contract, State of Nature, Natural Law

Examining the philosophy of rules and structure.

Lecture Notes: Human Rights

The most basic of all human rights is the right to life. This is supported by a simple contingency argument. All other rights are predicated on the right to life. If one does not have life, no other rights apply. This fundamental principle is…

Lecture Notes: Capital Punishment

Examining the moral implications of the death penalty.

Lecture Notes: The Concepts of Evil

Identifying and defining types of evil and how each relates to morality.

Lecture Notes: Fate and Free Will

Defining the concepts and examining arguments favoring each as the dominant force in human life.

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