Dr Daniel Fincke Online Philosophy Class Ethics

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 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. There is no university credit for taking this course.

These are the times for the Ethics classes launching:

Ethics: Sundays 2:30pm-5:pm Eastern Time
Ethics: Mondays 5:30pm-8pm Eastern Time
Ethics: Tuesdays 8pm-10:30pm Eastern Time
Ethics: Wednesdays 11pm-1:30am Eastern Time
Ethics: Saturdays 12pm-2:30pm Eastern Time

All it takes to sign up is to click on the link for the section of class that you want to take, then select and purchase a pass for it. The chart below explains the price options. Your time in a class lasts 8, 16, or more weeks depending on which pass you buy (see chart below) and how long you want to stay in that class before trying another. If you don’t see a time that fits your needs or if you have any more questions feel free to e-mail me at For more details on how my classes work in general, please see the FAQ. For more about me, see this page. If you would like to schedule a 1-on-1 class session with me (or regular ones), e-mail me and we can make an appointment and you can purchase a Bronze Pass.


*There is no university credit for taking these classes.

After a short trial period (1 session for a Silver Pass or 2 sessions for a Platinum or Gold Pass) you can withdraw from my classes and receive a refund of your unused balance minus a service fee. After the trial period there are no refunds.

For more details on how my classes work in general, please see the FAQ or e-mail me at For more about me, see this page.

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