Television, movies, and newspapers and the Internet bombard us with reports about acts of violence and criminal behavior. Why are some people motivated to act in this way, and what if anything can we do about it? Can science help us to understand and
improve human behavior? These are some of the questions Dr. Shane Andre will explore in his class ETHICS IN AN AGE OF SCIENCE.
Basically, ethics is philosophical thinking about values and morality. Virtually everybody prefers happiness to misery; yet people often disagree about what makes one good and the other bad. Again, virtually everybody wants to be treated with respect and regards this as a right, but not everybody is prepared to accord this right to others. Ethics attempts to deal with questions about good and evil, right and wrong, virtue and vice, in a systematic and rational way.
As the class title suggests, Shane is particularly interested in the connection between science and ethics. Philosophers and scientists have been remarkably successful in extending our understanding of the world and in advancing technology. But from the time of David Hume to th present, they have debated whether science by itself can underwrite the basic principles of
ethics. Was Einstein right when he said, “Science cannot issue ethical directives like ‘Thou shalt not kill’”?
Shane taught philosophy at CSULB for many years, and since retirement has taught many classes at Senior University/OLLI. He prefers to think of himself not so much as teaching philosophy, as helping others to approach and discuss questions in a philosophical and open-minded way.
This is not a lecture class; you are urged to speak your mind and to be open minded to others. Shane will present the views of notable philosophers and scientists, but welcomes your input. You may choose to research on your own before class. Recently my ten month old grandson was attempting to grasp things in his hands. It was so diffi cult for him that I could feel his frustration. My son said,” He hasn’t figured that out yet.” Have we figured out the sources of our moral behavior?
Join other inquiring minds to probe this profound question.
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