PHIL 215 Lecture Notes – UWaterloo Fall 2012 – Professor Brian Orend

Link index of the lecture notes on Google Docs:

Lecture 1: Sept 13th – Introduction, Virtue Ethics, Deontology

Lecture 2: Sept 20th – Utilitarianism, Rights-Based, Feminist Ethics, Case Study Method

Lecture 3: Sept 27th – Enron Scandal Video

Lecture 4: Oct 4th – Code of Ethics, Whistle-Blowing

Lecture 5: Oct 11th – Whistle-Blowing Continued, “The Corporation”

Lecture 6: Oct 18th – (Midterm):

Lecture 7: Oct 25th – Capitalism Continued, Health & Safety, Ford Pinto

Lecture 8: Nov 1st – Ford Pinto Continued, Intellectual Property

Lecture 9: Nov 8th – Intellectual Property Continued, Ethics of Advertising & Marketing (Video + Lecture)

Lecture 10: Nov 15th – Ethics of Advertising & Marketing Continued

Lecture 11: Nov 22nd – Globalization & International Business

Lecture 12: Nov 29th – Corporate Social Responsibility, Final Exam Information

That’s all, folks! Wish you success on your final!

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24 thoughts on “PHIL 215 Lecture Notes – UWaterloo Fall 2012 – Professor Brian Orend

  1. Thanks for the notes! Could you please give me some suggestions of how to prepare for midterms? I read your posted flash cards, but the midterm will be about writing essays, so it’s not like short answer questions. What other strategies will you recommend? I will really appreciate it!

    • Despite the format difference between essays and short-answer questions, the content tested is mostly the same. Short-answer questions will test your knowledge of course content. Essays will test your understanding of course content by forcing you to integrate / connect the concepts.

      As for advice: stick to the points + don’t write unnecessary things. TAs mark your essay using a checklist of key ideas / key connections of ideas. Save both yourself and the TA time by writing only what is relevant.

      • Thank you for your advice! But what’s relevant? For instance, the case study. The professor wants us to write two paragraphs for each ethic theory. One for the nature of the ethic theory to show the essence of it. Another to show what the theory would advise to do in the particular case.

        So for the first paragraph, will you include the strengths and weakness of the ethic theory?

        The content of each ethic theory is limited on our notes. I cannot think of any other examples other than listing all the content we have learned.

        The sample the Prof gave for the midterm is a really easy one. What kind of complicated analysis do you have in mind for case study? (i.e the second paragraph, the analysis one based on the strengths and weakness).

  2. Do you have any advice on what to focus on for the final? There is a massive amount of material that could potentially show up on the final.



    • It depends on which prof is teaching it. I had Orend, and his exam felt very different from how my friends described McKinnon’s. Your prof will be able to give you better advice in this regard. My generic advice is to understand each of the major topics well, and test yourself with flashcards for the knowledge-based stuff.

  3. I guess my issue is whether I should concentrate on details pertaining to the case studies such as major players and specific details or just concentrate on content. details. Also, I am bad with names and wonder if I can remember every theorist’s name. I really appreciate having the flashcards to practice with. Great of you to do this. Thanks again.

    Good luck with everything!


  4. Just wonder what’s gonna happen if many of us use the notes in our take-home final? I asked the Prof, and he said we should use our own words, is it even possible to come up with a different word for every one?…. So far I used the notes to describe the nature of virtue ethics, but I wrote them in my own structure.

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