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Philosophy for Teens - An Introduction to Virtue Ethics FLEX

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In this one-time class, students learn about the virtue ethics of Aristotle and Confucius
Professor Dave, PhD
Average rating: 5.0Number of reviews: (83)
year old learners
learners per class


Charged upfront
Flexible schedule
Over 1 week
No live meetings

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Class Experience

I have a PhD in the philosophy of religion from McGill University, and many years experience teaching philosophy and ethics.
No live meetings, and maybe some time outside of class.
This class will discuss what is known as the "trolley problem" thought experiment -- a common ethical problem discussed in philosophy classes, so popular it has even become an internet meme.  One aim of this class is empower students to be able to identify the "trolley problem" as a logical fallacy (meaning, it is a false dilemma).  

Specifically, the "trolley problem" involves two bad choices: (1) do nothing and five people get hurt; or (2), take action that saves these five people but results in another person being injured.  The thought experiment claims that these are the only two alternatives, and whatever choice that is made will result in injuries.  Worse, the one who is asked to solve the "trolley problem" often feels guilty in one way or another for his or her answer.  Again, this is a false dilemma: there are always more than two choices.  

This class will show students how to solve the trolley problem where no one gets hurt at all.  

It is thus empowering for young students, who will learn the critical thinking skills needed to identify a false dilemma.

Meet the teacher

Professor Dave, PhD
Average rating: 5.0Number of reviews: (83)
Hello !

I am a professor of philosophy, ecology, and religious studies, and I will be offering classes to help students make that sometimes difficult transition to college and university.  

So often I see 1st year undergraduate students struggle... 
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