This course is an introduction to moral theory. We will be looking at both classic and contemporary writers’ answers to questions such as: Why should one be moral? What distinguishes right actions from wrong ones? What distinguishes good persons from bad ones? You will learn to read difficult philosophical texts carefully and analytically, and to write about them in ways that demonstrate clear critical understanding of what you’ve read.
TEXTS: The Classical Utilitarians: Bentham and Mill, ed. J. Troyer; I.Kant, Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals, trans J. Ellington; The Practice of Virtue, ed. J. Welchman.