PHIL 429 - Ethical Analysis
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Enforced Prerequisites:
PHIL 361, 366, 367 or PPE 300, (completed with a minimum grade of C- or better); OR Graduate standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Questions about the nature and standing of ethics—what has come to be called "meta-ethics"—arise in both theory and practice. Moreover, in recent years ethics has served as the paradigm example in wide-ranging philosophical debates about the nature of normativity—roughly, the idea that there are certain things we have reason to do (ethics), or to believe (epistemology), or to infer (reasoning), or to appreciate (aesthetics). In this course we will critically investigate several of the most influential philosophical conceptions of morality, including historical as well as contemporary writings. Our goal will be to foster the development of students' own abilities to engage in critical inquiry into the foundations of ethics.

Among the questions we will consider:

  • In what sense, if any, is there a need for theory or “foundations” in ethics?
  • How are we to understand the meaning of normative and evaluative concepts?
  • What is the relationship between normative and evaluative inquiry and empirical inquiry?
  • Are ethical judgments capable of truth and falsity?
  • In what sense, if any, can normative or evaluative claims be objective?
  • How, if at all, can we acquire knowledge in ethics?
  • What is the relation of ethical judgment to motivation and action?

PHIL 429 - Ethical Analysis
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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There will also be a coursepack, available at Dollar Bill's. Thanks, PR
ISBN: 9780195096699
Moral discourse and practice : some philosophical approaches, Author: Stephen Darwall, Allan Gibbard, Peter Railton., Publisher: Oxford University Press [Nachdr.]. 1997
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