During the Fall 2017 semester, myself and most of my LAS cohort took PHL 118L – Moral Problems. During this class we learned about different moral theories (as well as like-case examples), argued in support or against different moral problems in society as a class, and wrote papers defending or refuting different moral problems that we were passionate about.
Upon starting, I realized this class really wasn’t all that much different from other philosophy classes I had taken in the past. When I was in high school, I took a bioethics class through UofM-Flint. PHL 118L was basically the same thing, but without the medical focus. It was really cool to be able to take some of the material that I had presviously learned for my initial career path and then apply it to things I was passionate about now.
As one of the last classes I get to take with my LAS cohort, it was once again a really great experience having a class with them. Discussions were both entertaining and insightful. Students weren’t afraid to share their opinions, and everyone was pretty respectful of opposing viewpoints. In other classes, I know there would either be little to no discussion, or discussion would become hostile quickly. Students in LAS were able to treat one another with respect and learn from one another.
Moving forward, I hope to take the different theories that I learned and the perspectives from others and apply them to the world around me. No two people see the world the same way, and I want to be able to see where other people are coming from. Knowing both sides to an argument like I learned here, as well as knowing the theories behind a lot of different moral problems, will allow me to be a compassionate individual and understanding of those around me.