Philosophy | Problems of Ethics
P342 | 25136 | Toh


This course will delve into some questions regarding the content,
the scope, and the authority of morality.  We will begin by getting
(re-)acquainted with deontological and consequentialist ethical
theories by reading Kantís Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals
and J.S. Millís Utilitarianism.  We will then spend most of the
semester studying some works of more recent philosophical writers
who have questioned the validity of these two standard modern
ethical theories (and in some cases, the authority of morality
itself) by arguing that they require, or at least recommend, that we
act in ways contrary to some central human interests -- e.g. our
interests in maintaining personal integrity, developing deep
personal relationships, conceiving and pursuing important projects
and goals, etc.  The reading for this portion of the course will
most likely include works by Bernard Williams, Samuel Scheffler, and
Harry Frankfurt.