PHL 106

Ethics

This class satisfies the Humanities requirement. Some of these classes enable students to earn credit for the Great Books program; the Great Books classes have lower class size and are discussion based. Each instructor develops his or her own focus for PHL 106. Please contact the instructor for information on the class focus and books.

Please note that all of our ethics classes also satisfy one of the three core requirements for those students seeking to complete the Peace and Social Justice Studies concentration.
(IAI H4 904)

Section 001

MW

 12:30pm-1:45pm

Skokie

Carlos Briones

For Section 001, objectivism versus subjectivism, making sense of human rights, theories of the good versus theories of duty, and where feminism, nonhumans, and different cultures fit into ethics are but a few of the primary themes this course engages.

Section 002

TR

 8:00am-9:15am

Des Plaines

Peter Hudis

This class will explore major texts in ethics and social and political philosophy, from Aristotle to Karl Marx, and from Emmanuel Levinas to Frantz Fanon.

Section 0G1

MW

 11:00am-12:15pm

Des Plaines

Holly Graff

Section 0G2

MW

12:30pm-1:45pm

Des Plaines

Clare Pearson

The focus of this course will be to study works by ethical thinkers (Aristotle, Kant, Mill, Mencius), and to apply their theories to ethical and social justice issues, which students will individually research.

Section 0G3

TR

 9:30am-10:45am

Skokie

Carlos Briones

The class will center on the themes of identity and cosmopolitanism, exploring our duties to strangers such as the millions of migrants seeking refuge in Europe and the USA.

Section 0G4

TR

 11:00am-12:15pm

Des Plaines

Kristin McCartney

Section 0G4: In addition to closely reading primary texts, we will study students' historical participation and leadership in social justice movements, such as the Civil Rights Movement, in order to critically reflect on contemporary opportunities for civic engagement.

Section 0G5

MW

09;30-10:45am

Des Plaines

Russell Newstadt

This course begins with a simple question, “Can animals, such as cats, or such things as planets or pens, be virtuous?” by way of bringing into focus issues concerning the relationship between nature and moral life, and the apparent oppositions between freedom and natural causality, reason and passion, and animality and sociality.

Section 050

R

6:30pm-9:20pm

Skokie

Peter Hudis

Section 0H1

TR

9:30am-10:45pm

Des Plaines

Holly Graff




This is an Honors course in tandem with PHL 106-0H1. "The purpose of the seminar is to explore the underlying political, economic and environmental causes for the mass migration taking place as well as to introduce students to the ethical debates about how to address this phenomenon and our responsibilities to one another as human beings." For more information, please visit the Oakton Honors page.

Section GW1

S

9:00am-1:15pm

Des Plaines

Clare Pearson

The focus of this course will be to study works by ethical thinkers (Aristotle, Kant, Mill, Mencius), and to apply their theories to ethical and social justice issues, which students will individually research.

Section GW1 is a late start course.  This is a 12-week course beginning on 10/01.