Philosophy | Contemporary Ethical Theories
P540 | 3785 | Toh


This course is meant to provide a comprehensive introduction to
metaethics since 1903, the year that G.E. Moore's _Principia_Ethica_
was first published.  We will not be directly concerned to produce
an account of what it is to act well, but rather to consider what
people are up to in making normative and evaluative judgments, and
in particular moral judgments.  Among the questions we will
consider:  What is the meaning of ethical language?  Can ethical
judgments be assessed as true or false? In what sense, if any, can
ethical claims be objective?  No particular background in ethics
will be presupposed, although some familiarity with contemporary
analytical philosophy will be.