PHIL 429 - Ethical Analysis
Section: 001
Term: FA 2007
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
Enforced Prerequisites:
PHIL 361 or 366 with a grade of C- or better, or graduate.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Questions about the nature and standing of morality arise in both theory and practice. Moreover, in recent years morality has served as a central example in wide philosophical debates about the nature of normativity and the relation of theory to practice. In this course we will critically investigate several of the most influential philosophical conceptions of morality, including historical as well as contemporary writings. Among the questions we will consider:

  • In what sense, if any, is there a need for theory in morality?
  • How are we to understand the meaning of moral terms?
  • Are moral judgments capable of truth and falsity?
  • Does morality require questionable metaphysical assumptions?
  • In what sense, if any, can moral claims be objective?
  • What is the relation of "ought" to "is"?
  • What is the role of motivation or emotion in moral judgment?
Midterm and final examinations; a term paper.

PHIL 429 - Ethical Analysis
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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