PHIL341     Ethical Theory
Semester:Fall 2013
Instructor: Patricia Greenspan
Room:TYD 0117
Meeting Times:12:30pm - 1:20pm
Level:Undergraduate
 

This course will study selections from major texts in the history of philosophy exhibiting key contrasts within theoretical ethics:  Mill's “total happiness” principle versus Kant's principle of

universalizability as explaining what makes an act right or wrong, Aristotle's emphasis on reason versus Hume's insistence on the passions as determining virtuous character, and Rawls’s explanation of the sense of justice in terms of social contract theory and the development of the

moral sentiments.

Prerequisite: two courses in philosophy.

Required readings will include selections from:

Mill, Utilitarianism (Oxford)

Kant, Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals (Oxford)

Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics (Penguin)

Hume, Moral Philosophy (Hackett)

Rawls, A Theory of Justice (Harvard)

Written requirements of the course will include midterm and final exams plus three short papers; there also may be some unannounced quizzes.