PHIL 430 - Topics in Ethics
Section: 001 Agency, Emotion, and Value
Term: FA 2012
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Enforced Prerequisites:
PHIL 361 or 366 with a grade of C- or better; or Graduate standing.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
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This course will consider a variety of advanced topics in moral theory, with special focus on the following areas: the nature and psychology of moral or rational agency, the nature of emotion and its role in morality, and the nature of value and judgment. Our readings will include historical and contemporary works in philosophy, and also draw upon contemporary research in psychology and neuroscience.

Course Requirements:

Students will be expected to come to class having done the reading and prepared to discuss it. Two five-page papers will be required, as well as a midterm and final exam. Exam topics and suggested paper topics will be distributed in advance.

Intended Audience:

Open to students who have already taken introductory coursework in moral philosophy, or who have done related work in other disciplines, such as psychology, political science, anthropology, or economics. Some background in moral philosophy will be presupposed; PHIL 361 is an excellent preparation.

Class Format:

Classes will consist in lectures with discussion encouraged.

PHIL 430 - Topics in Ethics
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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Coursepack Location:
Dollar Bill's
ISBN: 0061311596
Groundwork of the metaphysic of morals, Author: Immanuel Kant ; translated and analysed by H. J. Paton., Publisher: Harper & Row 1st Harper 1964
ISBN: 0393960226
Passions within reason : the strategic role of the emotions, Author: Robert H. Frank., Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company 2[nd print 1975
ISBN: 0691020027
The possibility of altruism ., Author: by Thomas Nagel., Publisher: Princeton University Press 1. Princet 1978
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