Fight Conformity & Claim Moral Autonomy through Philosophy
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Fight Conformity & Claim Moral Autonomy through Philosophy

Learn to resolve moral misunderstandings by becoming critically self-aware of assumptions and implications you endorse.
4.7 (3 ratings)
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Created by Elly Pirocacos
Last updated 10/2015
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What Will I Learn?
  • 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.
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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.

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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Curriculum For This Course
28 Lectures
Getting Started
5 Lectures 06:06

Contact Elly

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

Preview 02:18

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.

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Introducing Ethics
3 Lectures 22:36
What is ethics?

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

Ethics is
4 questions

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.

Teleological Normative Theories

Moral thinking
5 questions
4 Lectures 09:39

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

Video Overview on Utilitarianism

Arguments in Favour of Utilitarianism
3 pages

Arguments Against Utilitarianism
6 pages

Rule and Ideal Utilitarianism
2 pages

Thinking about consequences
6 questions
3 Lectures 13:26
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.

Video Overview on Kantianism

Arguments in Favour and Against Kantianism
5 pages

Thinking ethically is thinking about duties
8 questions
Ethical Egoism
3 Lectures 20:07
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.

Video Overview of Ethical Egoism

Arguments in Favour and Against Ethical Egoism
4 pages

Thinking ethically when thinking only of myself
8 questions
Virtue Ethics
3 Lectures 17:47
Introductory Lecture on Virtue Ethics
7 pages

My video lecture covers the main points of Virtue ethics.

Video Overview of Virtue Ethics

Arguments in Favour and Against Virtue Ethics
5 pages

Ethical thinking alongside Aristotle
10 questions
Applied Case Studies
4 Lectures 33:16
Nursing Ethics - Patient Autonomy & Truth Telling

Nursing Ethics - Patient Autonomy & Truth Telling (PowerPoint)
21 pages

Business Ethics - Affirmative Action (PowerPoint)
40 pages
3 Lectures 00:00
Introductory Lecture to Meta-ethics
3 pages

Getting it Right
1 page

Introducing Moral Objectivism
2 pages
About the Instructor
Elly Pirocacos
3.8 Average rating
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1,705 Students
3 Courses
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.