As a LAS scholar I had to take PHL 118, Moral Problems. This class was about moral problems in the world and different philosophies behind what should be done solve them. A few moral problem examples are abortion, euthanasia, or legalization of drugs. When we look at these topics, all involve heavy ideas that bring in people’s morals. It is important to understand these issues, as well as opposing views and why your point is valid through efficient claims making.
I found this class to be very similar to a previous LAS class, debate. However, we dove more in depth into just moral problems and connected our opinions on these issues to reasons other than just a “because”. We learned to dig deeper into why we feel a certain way about an issue as well as why certain things are morally debatable. This class was important in enlightening our minds to explore topics that are difficult to talk about and creating a discussion on them. A specific example is abortion, where women get to decide to abort their baby. The moral argument that is raised is when is the fetus a human regarding the latest a women can abort, does the women have say over her body, or does the baby have the right to life? When taking a stance on this topic it is important to give reasoning and connection to why your opinion is right, without backing up a claim there is no validity in it. This idea is universal in tackling any moral problem and I found this beneficial because it makes you slow down your thinking and really focus on the problem.
Moving forward I feel better educated on topics that are highly debatable. I have the confidence now to bring valid arguments and the use of philosophy to back my stances. This class has and will help me in slowing down my thought process to truly analyze situations and problems. I will continue to stay educated and informed in moral problems because they effect everyone and as a leader it is something that should be aware of.