PHIL 430 - Topics in Ethics
Section: 001 Responsibility
Term: WN 2014
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).
Primary Instructor:

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.

Class Format:

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PHIL 430 - Topics in Ethics
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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ISBN: 0199860823
Blame its nature and norms, Publisher: Oxford University Press op.
ISBN: 0674043146
Moral dimensions permissibility, meaning, blame, Author: Scanlon, Thomas., Publisher: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press 2008
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