HONR 2010M Honors Seminar: To Be or Not to Be

(B) Bachelors
(FH) Farquhar Honors College
(UHNR) Undergraduate Honors
3 credits

The focus of this course will be on self-caused death, or suicide, and how it should be regarded from an ethical point of view. This is not a sociology, psychology, or biology course. We will have occasion to draw on works form a number of disciplines and perspectives: classic works of philosophy, religious texts, poetry, literature, film, works of art. Is suicide wrong, always wrong, or profoundly morally wrong? Or is it almost always wrong but excusable in a few cases? Or is it sometimes morally permissible? Is it not intrinsically wrong at all, though perhaps often imprudent? Is it sick? Is it a matter of mental illness? Is it a private or a social act? Is it something the family, community, or society should always try to prevent, or could ever expect of a person? Could it sometimes be a “noble duty?” Or is it solely a personal matter, perhaps a matter of right based in personal liberties, or even a fundamental human right? Satisfies general education requirements in Arts and Humanities. Prerequisite: Honors students only. Frequency: Even Year Fall. (Description Last Updated: Fall 2016 (201720))

Learning Outcomes

    To complete this course successfully students must:
  1. Explain and critically evaluate epistemological, metaphysical and ethical arguments and doctrines.
  2. Explain the historical dialogue existing among the philosophers studied in this course.
  3. Explain scholarly debates over interpretation of thinkers and doctrines.
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