Search | Directories | Reference Tools
UW Home > Discover UW > Student Guide > Course Catalog 

Instructor Class Description

Time Schedule:

Nancy A.S. Jecker
B H 402
Seattle Campus

Ethical Theory

Studies the major normative ethical theories, including both teleological and deontological approaches. Emphasizes moral philosophy during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, as well as contemporary commentary. Recommended: one basic course in ethics. Offered: jointly with PHIL 412.

Class description

This course introduces students to some of the most influential ethical theories to date and, with a critical eye, studies the source and ground of their influence. Among the theories we discuss are classical and contemporary utilitarianism, perfectionism, Hume's ethics, and Kantian ethics. Readings are from historically prominent philosophers, such as Bentham, Mill, Nietzsche, Hume and Kant, as well as contemporary authors.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

This course has no formal prerequisites; however, prior course work in Philosophy or Ethics is strongly recommended.

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Nancy A.S. Jecker
Date: 10/26/2009