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The History of Ethics

Course #: PHIL 216

This course focuses on four or five philosophers whose impact on the development of Western thinking about ethics has been substantial, e.g., Plato, Aristotle, Hume, Kant, and Nietzsche. The following are the sorts of questions with which they were preoccupied, and upon which we focus in reading them: Is there a single ideal life which all human beings should strive to live-and if so, what does it consist in? What are the virtues that human beings should exemplify? Why should one live a moral life? Are there objective moral standards-and if so, how does one discover what they are? What roles do reason and the emotions, respectively, play in the moral life? Special attention is given to the role that one's metaphysical views and one's views of human nature play in shaping one's theory of ethics.

Section Class Number Schedule/Time Instructor Location
01 3055 MWF
11:00 - 11:50 am
Urbanek,Valentina Maria Wheatley W01-0031
Session: Regular
Class Dates: 09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Capacity: 38
Enrolled: 38
Status: Closed
Credits: 3/3
Class Notes:
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Course Attributes: Humanities