|Contemporary Ethical Theory||Spring 1998
Instructor: Richard Lee
Course number: Philosophy 4133
Time: TT 12:30 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.
Room: MAIN 208
- Brief Description:
This course will consist of a careful look at theories of ethics advanced
by philosophers in the twentieth century. 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 on the nature of ethics. We will look
at problems and developments of utilitarianism and
deontology. We will look at arguments favoring moral
scepticism and moral realism and will explore several
approaches to the problem of providing justification for
fundamental ethical principles.
A background of at least one previous course in philosophy is required.
Apart from that this course is open to all students interested in the
foundations of moral right and wrong.
- Steven M. Cahn & Joram G. Haber,
editors, 20th Century Ethical
Theory (Prentice Hall, 1995)
last modified: 30 April 1998