The Introduction to Ethics Course was developed through the Ohio Department of Higher Education OER Innovation Grant. This work was completed and the course was posted in September 2019. The course is part of the Ohio Transfer Assurance Guides and is also named OAH046. For more information about credit transfer between Ohio colleges and universities, please visit: www.ohiohighered.org/transfer.Team LeadNatalie Kertes-Weaver Ursuline CollegeContent ContributorsBenjamin Cordry Lorain County Community CollegeBrad Lipinski Cuyahoga Community CollegeToni Nicoletti Cleveland State UniversityLibrarianMandi Goodsett Cleveland State UniversityReview TeamTravis Hreno University of AkronRobert Loftis Lorain County Community College
Welcome to Introduction to Ethics. This fully online, open access course is intended to meet the needs of teachers and students undertaking a study of introductory level ethics and moral theory[Image - SVG SILH - CC0 1.0 ]
This module contains links to two textbooks on critical thinking and indicates which sections are most relevant to thinking well about ethics.[ Image - Nina Paley, "You May Be Right" - CC BY-SA 3.0 ]
Excerpt edited for the General Intro to Ethics Student:Ethics for A-Level: Introduction -Mark Dimmock and Andrew Fisher, Ethics for A-Level. Cambridge, UK: Open Book Publishers, 2017, https://doi.org/10.11647/OBP.0125 (CC BY 4.0). [Image - olarte.ollie, "detective" - licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0]
This module presents sources in normative ethics. There are two types of material: first (in "Section 2"), there is a collection of primary sources with introductions, biographical sketches, and reading/reflecting questions; second (in "Section 3"), there is a link to a textbooks and the sections therein that significantly address normative theory via primary sources.[Image Source - Marsayas, AGMA Ostrakon Themistocle3 - CC BY-SA 3.0. ]
This module presents two resources. First (in "Section 2"), selections from a textbook that summarize major moral theories; second (in "Section 3"), a link to the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry on Ethics.[Image source: "Moral Compass" by Paul Downey is licensend under CC BY2.0 ]
This section includes introductory and intermediate resources for metaethics. It includes links to open education textbooks with chapters on metaethics that can be used for a brief introduction to meta-ethics, as well as original source readings on topics in meta-ethics. A link to Plato's Euthyphro is included for discussion of the Euthyphro problem, which is related to criticisms of Divine Command Theory and issues having to do with the source and justification of moral judgments. As well, portions of Hume's Treatise is included as it regards the source and justification of moral judgments. There are also links to G. E. Moore's Open Question argument and other links to help students understand the main issues in metaethics. The textbook chapters and original source materials can be used together to orient students to the main issues, as well as to introduce them to the original arguments.