PHIL 440 A: Ethics

Meeting Time: 
WF 1:30pm - 3:20pm
SAV 139
Jean Roberts
Jean Roberts

Additional Details:

This is an advanced course in normative ethics. We will begin by reviewing the important varieties of moral theory in their contemporary form, and looking at some well-known critical pieces along the way. We will then turn to related questions about how we respond to and interact with each other as moral agents. Finally, we’ll end, after glancing at the nature of practical rationality and briefly considering some questions about relativism and pluralism, by thinking about the nature of moral theory itself.  

Undergraduates will be asked to write two short (2000-2500 word) papers, some frequent but sporadic in-class writing assignments (otherwise known as pop quizzes), and take a final exam. For graduates a term paper will substitute for the two short papers.

TEXT: No Textbook Required - All class readings will be provided in electronic form.

Catalog Description: 
Critical examination of the concepts and judgments of value, including an analytical treatment of the notions of good and bad, right and wrong, and obligation. Emphasis varies from quarter to quarter.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Writing (W)
Last updated: 
October 5, 2016 - 9:16pm