Spring 2025


Listed in: Philosophy, as PHIL-310


Rafeeq Hasan (Section 01)


Why should we be morally good? Is there anything to be said in a principled way about the nature of right and wrong? This course will examine three central traditions in ethical philosophy in the West, typified by John Stuart Mill, Immanuel Kant, and Aristotle. We will also look at criticisms of morality in Nietzsche, Iris Murdoch, and several contemporary philosophers. Throughout, our discussions will investigate the nature of value, happiness, love, and friendship.

Limited to 25 students. Prerequisite: One course in Philosophy. Spring semester. Professor Shah. 

How to handle overenrollment: Priority will be given to majors.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Emphasis on written work, readings, independent research, oral presentations, group work, and class participation.

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Other years: Offered in Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2014, Fall 2022, Spring 2025