Nancy A.S. Jecker
B H 402
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.
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.
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This course has no formal prerequisites; however, prior course work in Philosophy or Ethics is strongly recommended.
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