PHIL 430 - Topics in Ethics
Winter 2014, Section 001 - Responsibility
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Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Enforced Prerequisites:
PHIL 361 or 366, (completed with a minimum 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 focus on moral responsibility and blame.

  • What is responsibility?
  • What kinds of beings can be responsible?
  • Does responsibility require freedom? If so, what is the relevant sense of freedom?
  • Can we be free in this way even if determinism is true?
  • What is the relationship between responsibility and control?
  • What is blame?
  • Does blame contribute to our moral lives or would we be better off without it?

We will consider these and related questions in this discussion-based course.

Course Requirements:

Students will be assessed on the basis of one term paper (or two shorter papers), a presentation, and active participation in discussions.

Intended Audience:

At least one previous class in philosophical ethics is required.

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PHIL 430 - Topics in Ethics
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM

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