PHIL 640: History of Ethical Theory

PHIL 640-001: Hist of Ethical Theory
(Fall 2020)

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM M

Online

Section Information for Fall 2020

Course Description: This course examines the practical philosophies of Hume, Kant, Sidgwick, and Rawls. Questions of interest include: How the different moral theories we study understand the content of ‘justice’ (both individual and institutions)? How well a moral theory squares with our moral intuitions when considering cases? And how plausible we find a moral theory’s metaethical (or metaphysical) presuppositions? There are no prerequisites for the course.

Course Objectives: The objectives of the course are the following: a) to familiarize students with some of the main ideas of these historically important and influential thinkers, b) to improve analytical skills necessary for research in moral philosophy, and c) to provide a foundation for continued research in a particular area of moral philosophy.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Examines history of Western ethical theory from ancient Greece to the present day, including virtue theory, consequentialism, deontological theory and contemporary feminism. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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