Moral Argument: How to Craft an Argument

  • Enrichment Courses

Grade Level: separate sections for rising 7–8 and rising 9–11

What does it mean to be morally right or wrong? How are we to best express the answers to these difficult questions? This course aims to provide a bedrock of philosophical knowledge from which morality can be discussed and debated, and the technical skills needed to write tightly argued and compelling moral arguments of one’s own. Our thorough pursuit of these goals will bring us into contact with mind-bending philosophical thought experiments and dilemmas, including trolley problems, Meno’s Paradox, prisoner's dilemmas, and cases involving moral luck, to name a few. After five weeks, students will have become comfortable distinguishing between well and poorly defended moral arguments, and will have become clearer, more thoughtful writers.

Course Offerings

Period 2:  9:15 – 10:15 a.m. EDT

  • Grades 7 & 8
  • Grades 9, 10, & 11