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Jean Valerie Roberts
PHIL 440
Seattle Campus


Critical examination of the concepts and judgments of value, including an analytical treatment of the notions of good and bad, right and wrong, and obligation. Emphasis varies from quarter to quarter.

Class description

This course will be a general, although necessarily incomplete, survey of contemporary moral theory framed by questions about the nature and conditions of moral agency. In other words, what do we have to be like to be subject to moral obligation and held to be morally responsible? Topics to be discussed will include the following: the relation between moral agency and rationality; the nature of rationality; the role of emotions in moral agency; the implications of different conceptions of agency for questions about moral objectivity. Students should have completed Philosophy 240 or the equivalent. Course requirements will be in-class midterm and final exams and two papers. TEXT: No Text Required

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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 Annette R. Bernier
Date: 11/01/2012