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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


Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Comments
PHIL 230 001Lecture1 Mon Wed Fri12:0013:00

The course studies four major contributions to ethical theory, namely Kants Groundwork on the Metaphysics of Morals, J.S. Mills Utilitarianism, Nietzsches Beyond Good and Evil, and Alasdair MacIntyres After Virtue.

PHIL 230 002Lecture2 Mon Wed Fri13:0014:00

This course looks at western ethical thinking, tracing its roots in ancient Greek and Christian sources, and running through the modern era in Europe and North America. It looks at different approaches, such as utilitarianism and virtue ethics, and how ethics relates to human nature, community, personal decision-making, and the good life.

PHIL 230 003Lecture2 Mon Wed Fri9:0010:00

What makes an action morally wrong, or morally right? What makes a person or a state of affairs good or bad? This course offers an introduction to various moral theories, each of which attempt to answer these fundamental questions. Theories to be studied may include divine command theory, consequentialism, Kantianism, pluralism, and virtue ethics. We will also entertain some metaethical questions along the way; questions about moral properties and the meaning of moral language.