University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

First-Year Experience


PHIL 010D, E ~ SU: Ethics of Eating

Instructor: Tyler Doggett Associate Professor of Philosophy More . . .

Unlike breathing or sleeping or various other things we have to do to stay alive, eating is ethically problematic.  The course explains why. Topics will include the ethics of factory farming and free-range farming, of treating food workers various ways, and of various diets. Some more general ethical topics-consequentialism, deontology, rights-will show up, too.

Requirements Satisfied: one Humanities course; also fulfills UVM's sustainability requirement ("SU")

PHIL 010H,K ~ Skepticism - Moral, Theological, and Global

Instructor: Don Loeb Associate Professor of Philosophy More . . .

In this class we will consider debates in three areas in which philosophical doubts have been raised:

  1. Is there reason to believe that there are objective standards of morality and that these standards are knowable by us?
  2. Is there reason to believe in God, and in particular in a God who is the author of morality? And most radically
  3. Is there reason to believe in a world external to one's own mind, in other people, in one's own body, in what one remembers about the past, and in the pronouncements of science?

Requirements Satisfied: one Humanities course

PHIL 010L ~ Introduction to Philosophy: East/West

Instructor: Sin Yee Chan Associate Professor of Philosophy More . . .

Philosophy gives us a platform to dig deep into a culture. Through the examination of some of the fundamental issues arising from the two traditions of the Anglo-American Analytic philosophy and Chinese philosophy, I hope to help students develop the philosophical skills of critical thinking, logical reasoning, and rational discussion as well as attain a comparative perspective on certain important philosophical questions that pertain to the basic assumptions of the two traditions. The approach will be topical and comparative; that is, focusing on particular issues rather than on individual philosophers or history of ideas, and examining various views from the two traditions on each specific issue. The topics covered will be 1. Knowledge, 2. Ethics, and 3. Religion.

Requirements Satisfied: one Humanities course and and a D2 non-European Cultures course