Spring 2008

Normative Ethics

Listed in: Philosophy, as PHIL-34


Matthew E. Silverstein (Section 01)


We will be concerned to see whether there is anything to be said in a principled way about right and wrong. The core of the course will be an examination of three central traditions in ethical philosophy in the West, typified by Aristotle, Immanuel Kant, and John Stuart Mill. We will also look at contemporary discussions of the relation between the demands of morality and those personal obligations that spring from friendships, as well as recent views about the nature of personal welfare. Requisite: One course in Philosophy or consent of the instructor. Limited to 25 students. Second semester. Keiter Visiting Professor Silverstein.