Spring 2011 Schedule of Courses

PHILOSOPHY 331: CLASSICAL ETHICAL THEORIES

TUESDAY, THURSDAY
SECTION 1, 9:30 - 10:45 A.M.

PROFESSOR JASON HANNA

REQUIRED TEXTS
Cahn, Steven and Markie, Peter. Ethics: History, Theory, and Contemporary Issues, 4th ed.
Shafer-Landau, Russ. Whatever Happened to Good and Evil?

COURSE CONTENT
This course offers a survey of moral philosophy. It first considers several key questions in meta-ethics: What does it mean to say that morality is “objective” or “subjective”? And is morality objective in this sense? The remainder of the course focuses on ethical theory: In virtue of what general features are acts right or wrong? What is the best sort of life for a person to lead? In working through these questions, we consider the great traditions in ethical theory: virtue ethics, deontology, consequentialism, and contractualism. Readings include works by Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Kant, and Mill, among others.

COURSE FORMAT
Students will be required to complete two papers, take a midterm and final exam, and contribute to course discussions.