Topic: morality

For the Birds

Plot Summary: In this short Pixar film, several small birds land on a telephone wire and commence chattering and annoying one another. When a large bird lands nearby and seeks out their company, the smaller birds stop their bickering and turn as one against the large bird. Their attempts to make him leave their wire For the Birds

“Hey Little Ant” Lesson Plan

In considering whether it is right or wrong to harm or kill a (non-human) animal or even a bug, people may argue for criteria that distinguish between human beings and animals to justify the difference in treatment, like human beings are bigger, stronger, more intelligent, have language, have the ability to reason, or can manipulate “Hey Little Ant” Lesson Plan

Ethical Relativism

metal scales

Moral Relativism Many students come to the classroom assuming values are variant.  Have you heard any of the following? After all, we are all different, right? Wouldn’t it be boring if we all believed the same thing? To each his own! Celebrate diversity? Who am I to judge someone else if they feel they are Ethical Relativism

Cases Before the Court

Materials needed: Piece of paper and writing utensil Description: First ask the students to imagine that the class is in a city-state and that the members of this class are the rulers of the city. We make the laws, rules, and judge cases. Often, cases are brought to our court and we make decisions on Cases Before the Court

The Ethics of Self-driving Cars

simple drawing of cars and trucks on windy road

Self-driving cars are already cruising the streets today. And while these cars will ultimately be safer and cleaner than their manual counterparts, they can’t completely avoid accidents altogether. How should the car be programmed if it encounters an unavoidable accident? Patrick Lin navigates the murky ethics of self-driving cars. Patrick Lin navigates the murky ethics The Ethics of Self-driving Cars

Moral Philosophy and Genocide

Photograph of a school project about the Holocaust

Talking About Moral Philosophy and Genocide with Middle School Students Middle school students often face difficult moral choices. We can help students approach these choices thoughtfully by introducing them to philosophical inquiry, and inviting them to consider such moral issues as the consequences of inaction and silence, the difference between inaction and indifference, and whether Moral Philosophy and Genocide

Moral Spectrum Exploration Exercise

Photograph of a spectrum from good to evil to illustrate the idea of a "Moral Spectrum"

The Moral Spectrum Exercise In this exercise, students are introduced to “the moral spectrum”—seven different perspectives on the right thing to do, seven different questions to ask themselves to determine whether a particular course of action is right or wrong. These questions are drawn from the dominant moral theories in Western philosophy over the past Moral Spectrum Exploration Exercise

Ethical Dilemmas

Four Ethical Dilemmas Lying: A girl is taken to a carnival by her dad. It is her tenth birthday and he’s promised her that she can choose any 5 rides. But as they approach the gate, he discovers that he’s forgotten his wallet. This is the last day of the carnival and it’s too far Ethical Dilemmas