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Life Goes On

I've signed up for two lecture series at the university. The first one starts this afternoon. The course description is below. I know...I know...I'm a geek. I always have been. I had taken four years of Latin in high school and loved it. I wanted to major in Latin when I went off to university many years ago. The only school where I could have done that at the time was Albertus Magnus College, a Catholic women's college in CT. Coming from the quintessential Connecticut WASP family that I did, my father threw a royal tantrum and refused, believing that "those damn pope worshipers are just waiting to get their hands on a girl like you and turn you into a nun." He's a bit crazy that way. I guess it all turned out for the best. Latin disappeared from the schools and what would I have ever done for a job? I do firmly believe that my scores on the verbal sections of the SAT and GRE were due to my years of Latin instruction. Such a shame it's gone...


The Good Life & The Just Society

Dr. Simon Glynn

Course Description: The first part of the course “The Good Life” begins with the question “what is the right thing to do?’ It critically evaluates a number of different ethical systems, which provide frameworks within which to examine a number of contemporary moral issues. These include animal rights, abortion and euthanasia, ethical issues in biomedical technology (genetic engineering, transplants, etc.), reproductive rights, principals governing the right to healthcare and responsibilities to the staving and the environment. In light of this the second part of the course examines the principals underlying economic and political practice in an attempt to determine how we can bring about a more Just Society

Eight Lectures:

1. Ethics of duty verses ethics of consequences

2. Refraining from evil verses doing good; moral duties and responsibilities

3. Medical and biomedical ethics

4. Ethics and distribution and exploitation of resources

5. Centralized authority verses decentralized (local) government and the question of individuals’ rights

6. Freedom: its many meanings

7. Individuals’ responsibility for the common good

8. The United States and the Just Society

Biographical Information: Dr. Simon Glynn is a professor of philosophy at FAU, where he has taught for over 20 years. Prior to coming to FAU, Professor Glynn taught at the University of Georgia, in Michigan and at Manchester and Liverpool Universities in England. He was contributing editor of books on Modern European Philosophy and the Human and Social Sciences, J.P. Sartre and Post-Modern Philosophy of Science.




1:30-3:15 p.m.
Tuesdays, Jan. 13, 20, 27; Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24; Mar. 3
Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
$68/member; $88/non-Member

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