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PHIL3610J – Philosophical Ethics


Rockwell Clancy

Credits: 4



The course will take a two-fold historical-theoretical and practical approach: in the first place, reading texts by significant figures within the Western philosophical tradition to understand different ethical theories and perspectives; in the second place, bringing these to bear on practical concerns.

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This course will examine some central traditions of ethics, and explore the relationship between ethics and human psychology, examining reasons for why persons should act in a certain manner but also the psychological basis for these reasons and judgments about these actions. Upon completion, students will be familiar with different ethical theories and capable of examining practical problems in light of these theories. In addition, students will develop their abilities to read closely, think critically, and write clearly.