PHIL 361 - Ethics
Section: 001
Term: FA 2007
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Advisory Prerequisites:
One philosophy introduction.
Other Course Info:
F.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This is a course in philosophical ethics. We will explore questions of what is called "normative ethics": What has value? What are our moral obligations? We shall also study philosophical, "metaethical" issues about ethics. Here we shall want to know not just what has value, but what value is. And not just what we are morally obligated to do, but what moral obligation is and where it "comes from." The core of the course will be an examination of three central traditions in ethical philosophy in the West, typified by Aristotle, Immanuel Kant, and John Stuart Mill, followed by a radical critique of these traditions by Friedrich Nietzsche. We will also do a section on metaethics with readings from classical and contemporary sources, including the existentialists. And we shall end the course by considering a recent critique of traditional moral philosophy inspired by the work of the psychologist Carol Gilligan on gender and moral development. Lecture and discussion, with an emphasis on student participation. Two papers of 5-7 pages in length, a midterm, and a final exam.

PHIL 361 - Ethics
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
13040
Open
1
 
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MW 11:00AM - 12:00PM
002 (DIS)
P
13041
Closed
0
 
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MW 2:00PM - 3:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
13042
Closed
0
2UGRD & GRD
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MW 1:00PM - 2:00PM
005 (DIS)
P
23406
Open
2
1UGRD & GRD
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MW 2:00PM - 3:00PM
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