Ethics


Dr Daniel Fincke Online Philosophy Class Ethics

Join us any Tuesday at 8:30pm Eastern Time for Ethics discussion, no background required!
Brand new students can attend their first session FREE as a no-commitment free trial.
New class sections are regularly scheduled around students’ own schedules.
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My Ethics class runs the full gamut of philosophical ethics. We regularly alternate between highly relevant immediate impact issues in applied ethics and more foundational philosophical questions about the very nature of morality and values. We spend a lot of time on the question of whether there is any hope for rational and objective answers to ethical questions. We examine major ethical traditions such as consequentialism (including Mill’s utilitarianism), deontology (including Kantianism), Stoicism, feminist ethics, and perfectionism (including Aristotle, Nietzsche, and virtue theory). We work unflinchingly through hard moral dilemmas (both theoretical ones, which clarify our values in the abstract, and pressing real world values choices that we as individuals or a society have to face in medicine, technology, law, and business).

We also examine the roles of both emotions and reason in ethical judgment and in living a good life generally. We try to figure out the relevance of cultural relativity to ethics. We consider arguments that religion or the authority of God are necessary for ethics. We try to determine the measurements for weighing priorities when our values conflict and we have to make tradeoffs between duty, autonomy, happiness, fairness, loyalty, altruism, self-interest, flourishing, pain-reduction, pleasure, excellence, or moral consistency. We also assimilate and evaluate findings from the empirical sciences that are relevant to morality. In particular we think critically about the implications for ethics of evolution, game theory, and the burgeoning field of moral psychology.

Each week I rotate to another self-contained topic so students can join in at any time without worrying about having missed anything. While students can keep attending as long as they want and there will always be fresh lectures, most students take about 16 weeks of a given class before moving on to another. So over the course of any given 16 week run of sessions, as students rotate into the class and out at their own pace, I cover all the major topics of the course.

There is no university credit for attending these class sessions. For more details on how my classes work in general, please see the FAQ. For more about me, see this page.

Effective January 5, 2015 new enrollments into classes are by subscription costing $39.99/week and they grant student weekly 2 hour live and interactive group class sessions led by me directly. I understand that sometimes students are busy and can’t make it every week. My motto is “the year is long”, we have plenty of time to do philosophy when you are available. I occasionally have to cancel class myself and will also refund you in those cases. All your absences and canceled class sessions are automatically refunded, no questions asked, so you wind up paying only for sessions that I actually hold and that you actually attend. And you can automatically self-cancel your subscription completely at any time, using Paypal (or ask me to cancel it for you). After feeling satisfied with a particular class, students are free to move to another class while continuing on the same subscription or to cancel at that point. Students are also welcome to switch to other running class times on weeks they can’t make the class or time that they’re specifically subscribed to. Students can also inquire about regularly alternating between two concurrently running classes or times to accommodate their inconsistent schedules.

Guaranteed 1-on-1 class sessions are also available. They are typically 1 hour long (but we can work out longer sessions if you prefer) and cost $39.99/hr. Write me at dan.fincke@gmail.com to inquire about 1-on-1 classes or to ask me about possible changes to the group class schedules to accommodate you. I am flexible.

Occasionally there are scholarships available so subscribe to the e-mails (see the top left of this page) even if you cannot yet afford the classes. All paying students are welcome to have their partner, roommate, friends, or others share their computer screen and participate in class with them.

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