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215.4 sec. 1 - Foundations of Moral Philosophy (Fall 2014)
"This course provides an introduction to the major ethical theories and principal writers of the Western philosophical tradition."

Instructor: Christopher L. Kutz  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 3
Meeting Time: M 2:10-5:00
Meeting Location: 2240 Piedmont

Course Start: August 25, 2014
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49556


This course aims to provide a graduate level introduction to foundational issues in contemporary moral philosophy, with special emphasis on Kantian and utilitarian/consequentialist theory, although we will also consider virtue theory. We will choose as out theme arguments about the nature of rights, encompassing both moral and legal rights. In the first part of the course, we will consider two familiar kinds of rights: rights against torture and rights of free speech. This will provide us with a context for understanding some of the general, philosophical problems related to the foundations and structure of rights claims, which will occupy the second part of the course. Here we will consider both Kantian and consequentialist theories of rights, and the problems each has in accommodating the intuitions that support the other. We will then return to consider more specific examples of rights, to be determined by seminar interest.

This course may satisfy the Writing Requirement.

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Exam Notes: TH/P
Course Category: Jurisprudence and Social Policy (JSP)
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
Legal Theory and History

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  • Genealogy of Morals
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    Edition: 1989
    Publisher: Vintage
    ISBN: 9780679724629
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $11.87
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  • Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals
    Immanuel Kant
    Publisher: Cambridge
    ISBN: 9781107401068
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 16.47
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  • Utilitarianism
    John Stuart Mill
    Edition: 2007
    Publisher: Dover
    ISBN: 9780486454221
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 2.35
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  • Consequentialism and its Critics
    Samuel Scheffler
    Publisher: Oxford
    ISBN: 9780198750734
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 32.04
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