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PHIL.2030: Introduction to Ethics

This course examines the basic issues and problems of ethics and values and surveys some important alternative answers to the questions raised, on both an individual and a social level, by our necessity to act and to live in a rational and human way. 

Off Campus Access

You will need to be logged in to the UML Library to access some of the material in this guide. If you are logged in to your UML email you are logged in to the library. You may get an additional authentication phone call from Duo. This is routine. 

If prompted, enter your UML email credentials. If you still have trouble, clear the cache on your device. Email not working? Troubleshoot from here.


Reading in Internet Archive

The essay "Egoism and Moral Scepticism" is James Rachels included in this book: A New Introduction to Philosophy edited by Stephen Cahn.

"Egoism and Moral Scepticism" is on p.423 in this edition; there are several copies on the IA. Be sure to click Return Now when the session is finished, whether or not you will need the title again. Apologies if you are familiar with using the IA.

Here is the IA link:

To read books in the Internet Archive, create an account. If the book is being used in one of your courses, read it online so that it will be available to others in the class. 

Very Important!

When you have finished your Internet Archive reading session, be absolutely sure to click the "Return Now" button, even if you plan to return to the book and read it again.

In many cases account holders have the option to borrow a title for 14 days, (even though the landing page shows the message "This book may be borrowed for 1 hour").  When you log in to the Internet Archive you will see that message change, offering a dropdown with the option to borrow for 14 days. If this option is available, it also allows you to download the book. To do this you will need Adobe Digital Editions on your device. The download will be temporary, but should allow you enough time to read the chapters you need. In either case remember: click the "Return now" button!


NYT Video: Meet the People Getting Pain to Kill our Planet

If you cannot access the above video, you can watch it here