Intro to Ethics; Social/Political (lower division)
- Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (Abridged, with Related Texts). Ed. Philip Barnard and Stephen Shapiro. Hackett 2013. ISBN: 1603849386
Day 1: Reading Lab (in class activity)
Day 2: Go over answers to Reading Lab, do discussion questions of: Intro, Ch. I-V
Day 3: Ch. VI-VII
Day 4: Ch. VI-VII
In the first chapter of the Bhagavad Gita, Arjuna is asking an important philosophical question: what obligations do I owe to society when society has broken down (e.g. why should I fulfill my social obligation to fight in this civil war when the civil war itself represents a complete breakdown of society and society's obligations to people). This activity helps students connect that question with their own lives.
This unit is a six-class arc introducing 20th- and 21st-century Chinese perspectives on human rights.
This assignment instructs students to look at the website, Philosopher (originally Political Philosop-her), created and maintained by Meena Krishnamurthy at politicalphilosopher.net. The site, as Prof. Krishnamurthy says, “showcases work by philosophers from underrepresented groups in philosophy.” [hotlink for this quote: https://meenakrishnamurthy.net/]
This essay assignment asks students to connect ideas they've learned from studying the Dhammapada to Aung San Suu Kyi's essay "Freedom from Fear."
Western students may have associated Buddhism with Tibetan Buddhism - this activity helps them see Buddhism in a different context, and how it can be used as a means of resistance.
This is best done as an essay assignment to give students proper time to think through the relevant connections.