PHI204  Ethics

Outline

What is a good life for a human being? What makes right actions right and wrong actions wrong? What makes a society just or unjust? What makes a person virtuous or morally good?

How might these questions be related? In this course we will tackle such difficult ethical questions by studying important texts in moral philosophy. These will vary from year to year but might include e.g. Aristotle: Ethics; Smith: A Theory of the Moral Sentiments; Rousseau: The Social Contract; Kant: Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals; Mill: Utilitarianism; Sidgwick: The Methods of Ethics.

Note: This course is not available to those taking PHI219.

Assessment

Two coursework essays (50%) and a two-hour unseen examination (50%)

Lecturer

Jimmy Lenman

Lectures: Autumn Semester 2016-17

Mon 12-1
HI-LTE

Mon 2-3
HI-LTE

Seminars (starting in Week 3)

Tues 3-4
JB-116

Tues 4-5
JB-116