Contemporary Moral Issues (Fall 2006)

Doctor Faustus by Rembrandt
"Doctor Faustus" - Rembrandt van Rijn

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Syllabus/Schedule - The schedule is included on the syllabus and has recently been updated. Please check it to make sure that you are up to date on the scheduled readings and assignments. (Requires a PDF viewer, e.g. Adobe Acrobat Reader.)

Class Notes and Handouts (Here is where you will find assigned readings not in the text, handouts and overheads, and additional class.)

Simple Message Board - This is just a simple message board for your use. Please feel free to use this message board to find study partners in the class, organize discussion groups, or simply pose a question to me and/or your fellow students. Announcements may make their way here from time to time as well. If there is sufficient interest, I'll create a threaded message board on this site for a more robust "virtual" discussion area for topics that we cover in class, or those related to the subject matter of this course.

Philosophical Resources on the Web

How to Read a Philosophy Paper (including this one) - It is often the case that students new to Philosophy have difficulty working their way through philosophy texts. This guide may assist you with the reading for this course.

Tips on Writing a Philosophy Paper - Many of you indicated that this is your first Philosophy course, and thus that you have never written a philosophy paper. Our text contains an excellent guide in the appendix which will assist you in your writing for this course. Here is another writing guide. Please take the time to read it, as well as a few of the other guides on the web linked near the bottom of the document. It will assist you greatly in your writing for this course, and will prove invaluable to all your future writing endeavors.

Texas A&M University Writing Center (Your local source for writing assistance; becoming familiar with the services they offer may be of great benefit to your academic career here at A&M.)

An excellent guide to different research sources and documentation styles (Here you will find information on various citation formats, e.g. Chicago/Turabian, MLA, APA format)

DBU University Writing Center (This link contains several brief guides which may be of some use to you in correctly citing sources in MLA, APA, and Chicago/Turabian style formats. Of particular interest are the guides to citing electronic sources. There are also other guides available here which may assist you in the writing process, e.g. grammar and style resources.)

APA Research Style Crib Sheet

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Dante Astray in the Woods by Doré
Dante Astray in the Woods - Gustave Doré