Contemporary Ethical Theory
Instructor: Richard Lee
Course number: Philosophy 4133
Time: TT 9:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.
Room: MAIN 325
- Brief Description:
This course will consist of a careful look at theories of ethics advanced
by philosophers in the twentieth century. After an initial discussion of
a popular normative ethical theory, utilitarianism, we will work from
the beginnings of twentieth century ethical thought with the open
question argument of G.E. Moore, through the emotive theory of ethics,
to the views of more current writers in philosophical ethics, such as R.
M. Hare and Philippa Foot. From there we will look at disputes between
moral skeptics and those who believe there are moral facts that bear
similarity to scientific facts. We will then consider several different
attempts at uncovering the foundations for moral obligations. We will
end with a look at virtue ethics and the scope of moral responsibility.
This course is open to all students interested in the foundation of
right and wrong, although some philosophical sophistication will be
- Louis P. Pojman, editor, Ethical
Theory: Classical and Contemporary Readings, second edition
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