PHIL 160 - Moral Principles and Problems
Spring 2016, Section 101
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Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Often enough in ordinary life we find ourselves thinking that certain acts are morally wrong and that, for this reason, such acts ought not be committed. But why think this? When we make moral judgments, are we really only reporting our emotional responses? Or are there genuine reasons or principles to which we can appeal? If we think that there are, we face another problem, which is that there are many possible sources of moral reasons and principles: the word of God, the dictates of our culture, the works of past and present moral thinkers. How do we decide between them? Moreover, even if our moral judgments can be justified, is it even possible to act on such reasons, or are we all egoists at heart?

This course has two primary goals: first, to provide students with a systematic introduction to moral theory; second, to equip students with the conceptual resources necessary to critically engage with important social and political problems. For the first portion of the course we will survey the most important moral theories and the main challenges that these theories face. For the second portion of the course, we will examine some pressing social and political problems. Topics will include: the moral permissibility of going to war, climate change and moral obligations to future generations, and global poverty.

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PHIL 160 - Moral Principles and Problems
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101 (LEC)
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