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PHIL 230 Introduction to Ethics

Theories of obligation and value; moral reasoning; normative ethics, descriptive ethics and meta-ethics. Readings in classic and contemporary texts.

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Credits: 3


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PHIL 230 001Lecture1 Mon Wed Fri12:0013:00

Course Description: This course surveys some of the main roots and thinkers of the Western ethical tradition, starting from its basis in ancient Greek and Judeo-Christian thought, and then synthesized and secularized in the modern era. Main texts include Aristotle's "Nicomachean Ethics," excerpts from the Bible and Christian scholars, Hobbes' "Leviathan," Hume's "Treatise of Human Understanding," Kant's "Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals," and Mill's "Utilitarianism." Some more contemporary readings will also be covered to illustrate more recent developments in this philosophical tradition. Main topics include the places of reason, emotion, culture, and happiness in ethics; the role of self-interest vs. duty to others; and whether ethics is objective or subjective.

PHIL 230 002Lecture2 Mon Wed Fri11:0012:00

Instructor: Irwin Chan

PHIL 230 003Lecture2 Tue Thu9:3011:00