Hi! I'm taking an ethics class my first quarter of my freshman year of college and I'm wondering what topics in ethics I should prime myself on before I start school next month?
hi! that’s awesome - i fuckin’ love ethics and it’s my main focus! i sincerely hope you enjoy it :) if you’re taking an intro level class (which i’m assuming you are - usually you can’t take higher level ethics classes without fulfilling some prerequisites) then i don’t think you really need to do any studying beforehand - your professor will explain everything thoroughly and teach under the assumption that you don’t have a background knowledge of ethics.
however, if you wanna get ahead or whatever, a good place to start are the three main kinds of ethical theory:
- deontology, a common example of such a theory is kant’s
- consequentialism, common examples of such a theory are bentham’s and mill’s
- virtue ethics, a common example of such a theory is aristotle’s
i’ve provided a fuck ton of reading material here, none of which i think is necessary to be well-informed on prior to starting your introductory ethics class, so you can just pick and choose which topics sound interesting to you to get a little taste of what you’ll most probably be learning :)
additionally, throughout the course of your class if you ever have any questions i’m always happy to help ^_^