PHI6830 - Ethics


Many philosophers think we can use careful reasoning and argument to solve moral problems. Several general approaches- such as Utilitarianism, Contractarianism, Virtue Ethics and Deontological Ethics have been proposed. In this course we will examine the arguments and problems for these theories. We will also address fundamental issues in how the project of moral theory is to be conceived to begin with. Can humans can be motivated by purely moral considerations? Is such a thing as moral truth? What are the prospects for arriving at a single grand theory of morality?

Suggested Reading

Many readings for this course will be provided. However, you should acquire Ethical Theory: An Anthology. Edited by Russ Shafer-Landau (2nd edition preferred), Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.