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215.4 sec. 001 - Foundations of Moral Philosophy (Fall 2019)

Instructor: Christopher L. Kutz  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 3

Meeting:

    W 10:00 AM - 12:40 PM
    Location: 2240 Piedmont 102
    From August 21, 2019
    To November 22, 2019

Course Start: August 21, 2019
Course End: November 22, 2019
Class Number: 32619

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 12
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 18
As of: 04/07 11:14 PM


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 issues in moral psychology. 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.

Requirements Satisfaction:

This class may fulfill Option 2 of the J.D. writing requirement with instructor approval. In order to qualify for Option 2, all students in the class must be writing a paper of 30 or more pages. Those students who wish to use this paper for the writing requirement must get instructor approval and submit their drafts for comment and revision.

Option 2 form needed:
https://www.law.berkeley.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Writing_Requirement_2017.pdf


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

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Books:
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  • Genealogy of Morals
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    Edition: 1989
    Publisher: Vintage
    ISBN: 9780679724629
    e-Book Available: unknown
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $11.87
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Law-school Bookstore prices are unavailable at this time.
  • 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
    e-Book Available: unknown
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 3
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Law-school Bookstore prices are unavailable at this time.
  • Utilitarianism
    John Stuart Mill
    Edition: 2007
    Publisher: Dover
    ISBN: 9780486454221
    e-Book Available: unknown
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 2.35
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Law-school Bookstore prices are unavailable at this time.
  • What we owe to each other
    T. M. Scanlon
    Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1998.
    ISBN: 9780674004238
    e-Book Available: unknown
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 13.9
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Law-school Bookstore prices are unavailable at this time.
  • Consequentialism and its critics
    edited by Samuel Scheffler
    Publisher: Oxford [Oxfordshire] ; Oxford University Press, 1988.
    ISBN: 9780198750734
    e-Book Available: unknown
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 45.45
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Law-school Bookstore prices are unavailable at this time.

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