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Osher at the J: Contemporary Ethics (Course)

September 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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4 Course

Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Location: Activities Room

Dates: September 9, September 23, October 7 and October 21

Cost: $50 w/ $35 annual OLLI membership ( OLLI Membership required)  

An overview of moral theories in circulation today, including relativism, divine command theory, egoism, utilitarianism, deontology, and virtue theory, and application of those theories to the issues of abortion, capital punishment, war, and end of life ethics (suicide, termination of life support, physician-aided dying, and euthanasia).

Instructor: David Smith

Dr. David E. Smith grew up in the world of fundamentalist Christianity.  As an adult, he gradually moved away from that perspective and became a religious progressive/skeptic.  After earning an M.A. in philosophy of religion, he received a second M.A. and a Ph.D. in religious studies from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.  Formerly a full-time philosophy and religious studies faculty member at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA, he now teaches for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Washington and offers workshops and seminars in religion and philosophy through Beliefs and Ethics Seminars, which he founded. He has published in these areas as well. In 2019 and 2020 he will be lecturing on civil discourse for Humanities Washington.  His mission is to empower people to think for themselves about things that matter.

The Osher at the J program series is sponsored by The Summit, A Kline Galland Community.


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