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215.4 sec. 1 - Foundations of Moral Philosophy (Fall 2012)

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 27, 2012
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49526


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. 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.

Prerequisites:
The course has no formal prerequisites, but familiarity (e.g., from an introductory ethics course) with the vocabulary of contemporary moral philosophy would be helpful.

Exam Notes: P
Course Category: Jurisprudence and Social Policy (JSP)

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Books:
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  • Consequentialism and its critics
    edited by Samuel Scheffler
    Publisher: Oxford [Oxfordshire] ; Oxford University Press, 1988.
    ISBN: 9780198750734
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $17.45
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  • Groundwork of the metaphysics of morals
    Immanuel Kant; translated and edited by Mary Gregor; with an introduction by Christine M. Korsgaard
    Publisher: Cambridge, [U.K.] ; Cambridge University Press, 1997.
    ISBN: 9780521626958
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 3
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  • The basic writings of John Stuart Mill
    John Stuart Mill; introduction by J. B. Schneewind; notes and commentary by Dale E. Miller
    Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2002.
    ISBN: 9780375759185
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 0.86
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