Fight Conformity & Claim Moral Autonomy through Philosophy

Learn to resolve moral misunderstandings by becoming critically self-aware of assumptions and implications you endorse.
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  • Length 4 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
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Published 11/2014 English

Course Description

Moral judgments are integral to our everyday lives and sense of self. Mostly these are unthinkingly inherited from social life. This course aims to bring the underlying assumptions, implications and forms of reasoning to your conscious awareness. As a result you will become better negotiators of justice, autonomous in your decisions, confident in your discourses with others and understanding of others' moral attitudes.

This course aims to make you aware of the most prominent moral perspectives which have not only received scholarly attention but which also reflect some of the assumptions most people have come to unwittingly acquire.

For each philosophical perspective there is one chapter that offers an exegesis of the theory and a second chapter that presents arguments in favour & against. Apart from these lectures each section includes a short video presentation addressing fundamental points.

Skype office hours are welcomed, indeed, encouraged to address questions and further discussion.

No prior knowledge of philosophy or ethical reasoning is required.

What are the requirements?

  • You should download Adobe Reader
  • You should download QuickTime player to view the videos.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Recognise different ethical perspectives in themselves and others; competent to identify assumptions and implications in moral discourse; thoughtfully judge the merit of moral standards.
  • Develop skills of reasoning.
  • Learn to recognize different types of ethical discourse.
  • Cultivate sensitivity to your conceptual framework, its strengths and limitations.
  • Acquired skills are used in everyday life, in work relations, and formal studies.

Who is the target audience?

  • No prior knowledge of philosophy is required. This course can be taken as an introduction to moral reasoning, refresher course into the subject or compliment a college/university course a student is taking in ethics.
  • The course is meant for those with a desire to understand and articulate your own ethical views to yourself and others.
  • The course is designed for those with a desire to develop greater confidence in addressing moral conflict in your own life and the lives of others - family members, friends, partners, business associates.

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Section 1: Getting Started
About Elly Pirocacos
Contact Elly

This is a schematic overview of the contents of this course.

4 pages

Michael Shammas - a 2nd-year student at Harvard Law School - raves with contained passion about the benefits, both diagnostic and curative, of studying philosophy and the impact it can have on both the individual as well as the environment we all come to shape as active civil members of our socio-political lives.

Section 2: Introducing Ethics
What is ethics?
4 questions

This quiz will test to see that you've grasp some of the basic distinctions that will recur throughout the course.

Normative Inquiry

This is a very brief overview of teleological type normaitve ethical theories. A full discussion of the most popular form of teleological thinking will be taken up in the lecture series on Utilitarianism.

Moral thinking
5 questions
Section 3: Utilitarianism
3 pages

This is a basic exegesis of the main points of this normative ethical theory.


I address the main points of this theory in this video.

Arguments in Favour of Utilitarianism
3 pages
Arguments Against Utilitarianism
6 pages
Rule and Ideal Utilitarianism
2 pages
Thinking about consequences
6 questions
Section 4: Kantianism
Introductory Lecture on Kantianism
7 pages

My video lecture covers the main points of Kantianism. This is followed by Louis C.K. - a stand-up comic - who offers a humorous segment on selfishness. He sometimes uses profanity, so please do not watch if you are offended by such behaviour. It's relevance to Kant pertaining to the idea of universalizability.

Arguments in Favour and Against Kantianism
5 pages
Thinking ethically is thinking about duties
8 questions
Section 5: Ethical Egoism
Introductory Lecture on Ethical Egoism
4 pages

My video lecture covers the main points of ethical egoism. This is followed by two interviews (there are many): a 1967 interview with Carson, and a 1979 (I place it around this time because it was conducted when Rand's Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology) interview with Snyder.

Arguments in Favour and Against Ethical Egoism
4 pages
Thinking ethically when thinking only of myself
8 questions
Section 6: Virtue Ethics
Introductory Lecture on Virtue Ethics
7 pages

My video lecture covers the main points of Virtue ethics.

Arguments in Favour and Against Virtue Ethics
5 pages
Ethical thinking alongside Aristotle
10 questions
Section 7: Applied Case Studies
Nursing Ethics - Patient Autonomy & Truth Telling
Nursing Ethics - Patient Autonomy & Truth Telling (PowerPoint)
21 pages
Business Ethics - Affirmative Action
Business Ethics - Affirmative Action (PowerPoint)
40 pages
Section 8: Metaethics
Introductory Lecture to Meta-ethics
3 pages
Getting it Right
1 page
Introducing Moral Objectivism
2 pages

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Instructor Biography

Elly Pirocacos, Practical Philosopher - Academic Philosopher

I love what I do! I knew I wanted to teach the moment I first set foot on university campus. I was compelled by the vibrancy of ideas that spurred people into action, incited conversation, and challenged everyday assumptions. The power of ideas to change people's lives has always had a gravitational pull on me. But philosophy has become professionalized and tucked away in the ivory tower of academic instruction. For ancient Greek thought, philosophy was a practical and everyday preoccupation inserting meaningfulness where despondence lurked.

These Udemy online courses are part of a project to revive the ancient Greek spirit and it is my hope that you will join me and become as passionate about philosophical discourse as I am.

As far as my credential go, I have a BA, MA and PhD in Philosophy. I have  24 years of experience teaching at the College level. Courses I have taught include, Ethics, Early Greek Philosophy, Plato and Aristotle, Existentialism and Philosophy of Education. I have experience teaching both in the traditional classroom (The American College of Greece, College Year in Athens and McGill University) and online (graduate program - Tiffin University). I also have a practice in Philosophical Counselling in Montreal where I consult both individuals and groups.

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