24.231 Ethics (MIT)
This will be a seminar on classic and contemporary work on central topics in ethics. The first third of the course will focus on metaethics: we will examine the meaning of moral claims and ask whether there is any sense in which moral principles are objectively valid. The second third of the course will focus on normative ethics: what makes our lives worth living, what makes our actions right or wrong, and what do we owe to others? The final third of the course will focus on moral character: what is virtue, and how important is it? Can we be held responsible for what we do? When and why?
- Source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Language: English
- Author: Markovits, Julia
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- Tags: ethics, euthyphro, Plato, goodness, non-naturalism, G. E. Moore, non-cognitivism, Alfred Jules Ayer, David Brink, cognitivism, Gilbert Harman, Nicholas Sturgeon, observation, morality, moral relativism, Philippa Foot, David Lyons, incoherence, ethical relativism, John Stuart Mill, utilitarianism, Robert Nozick, Derek Parfit, Alastair Norcross, philosophy, Bernard Williams, James Lenman, consequentialism, cluelessness, Peter Singer, act-utilitarianism, John Rawls, rules, Thomas Nagel, famine, affluence, Nomy Arpaly, moral worth, Susan Wolf, moral saints, Peter van Inwagen, free will, determinism, Harry Frankfurt, moral responsibility, moral luck,
- Course Publishing Date: Mar 3, 2010