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PHIL 432 Topics in Ethical Theory

Classic or contemporary works in ethical theory.

This course is eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. To determine whether you can take this course for Credit/D/Fail grading, visit the Credit/D/Fail website. You must register in the course before you can select the Credit/D/Fail grading option.

Credits: 3

Pre-reqs: (9 credits of PHIL at the 200-level or above; PHIL 230 is recommended.)

Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Comments
PHIL 432 001Lecture2 Mon14:0017:00

Moral requirements seem to have a special authoritative grip on us in a way that other kinds of requirements do not. We seem to be bound by the demands of morality in a way that we are not so bound by, say, the rules of fashion, or the norms of etiquette. We tend to think that gratuitously inflicting pain on someone is reprehensible in a way that wearing socks with sandalsor resting ones elbows on the dinning tableis not. This course examines whether this intuitive thought is correct. Whether morality is genuinely normative in this sense is a central question in meta-normativitya subfield of metaethicswhich is primarily concerned with reasons and oughts. Hence, this course will also focus on the nature of reasons, and whether there are reasons to be moral.