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Link to the Syllabus
Revision Questions for Beyond Religion, part
Revision Questions for Beyond
Religion, part 2.
Instinct Steven Pinker reviews the case for supposing
ethics has a biological basis, and examines the implications.
Useful guide for the latest thinking on whether ethics can be
grounded in a universal human nature.
Intro, Chapter I, Chapter II
Splendor: Chapter III, Conclusion.
Further reading on
Veritatis Splendor (optional):
and Veritatis Splendor article by William May,
provides theological background.
Can We Learn What Veritatis Splendor Has To Teach?
article by Alasdair MacIntyre, discussing Veritatis Splendor from
a philosophical perspective. You are not required to read
these, but they might help you to understand Veritatis Splendor
Haag on Capital Punishment.
on Capital Punishment.
on Capital Punishment.
on Capital Punishmet.
Roots of Our Ecological Crisis
For the next two articles, you will
require your FSU username and password.
the East Help the West to Value Nature?
the East help the West to value nature ?, Holmes Rolston.
III, Philosophy East
Buddhist Environmental Ethic
Vol.37 No.2 (April 1987)
Toward a Buddhist Environmental Ethic,
Rita M. Gross, Journal of the American Academy of
Vol. 65, No. 2 (Summer, 1997), pp. 333-353
Symposium (read from 'I not only
permit but exhort you to speak the truth' to the
Arabian Nights (Intro and The Story of the Ass and
Papers are worth only 20% of the final grade: much more
important are the quizzes.
Here is a link to sample
questions from previous quizzes. These sample
questions should give you an idea of the kind of thing I
will ask about. It is possible that a couple of the
questions on the quiz will be taken from this list, because
there are only so many things you can ask about a book.
Also, I do not want the sample questions to be a list of
things you don't need to know.
REL 3170: Revision
List for Quiz 1
Ethics and the New
Spirituality and Religion:
Buddhist concepts including Shen-pen kyi sem, kun long, Shen
dug ngal wa mi sö pa, nying je, nyong mong, ‘skilful means
and insight’, chi sem.
The Dalai Lama’s recommendations on topics of war, religion
and society and the environment, and his recipe for
The role of Natural Law,
including the meaning of ‘intrinsic moral evil’ and the
actions that the Pope describes.
The concept of phronesis (understanding of which is
The relationship of Veritatis Splendor to
enlightenment thinking, particularly the discussion about
the true nature of autonomy, and the connection proposed by
the Pope between freedom and truth.
The Pope’s criticisms of Proportionalism and
The place of the encyclical in 20th Century
Catholic thinking, including the significance of Humanae
Difficulties in defining
Equivocation and reservation: what they mean, and associated
Basic reasons for preferring a policy of honesty (e.g. harm
that comes from lying, intrinsic connection between meaning
Reasons that have been proposed for telling lies in politics
(the public good), medicine (protecting patients) and social
science (necessity for experiments), along with reactions to
Different views of Montgomery and Fletcher on the role of
Jesus as Savior
Relation between Situation Ethics and Utilitarianism
Definitions of 'Love', 'Justice' and relativity
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