Spring 2011 Schedule of Courses

PHILOSOPHY 631: ADVANCED ETHICAL THEORY

WEDNESDAY
SECTION 1, 6:00 - 8:40 P.M.

PROFESSOR SHARON SYTSMA

REQUIRED TEXTS
Nagel, The Possibility of Altruism
Michael Smith, The Moral Problem
Numerous Articles on Electronic Reserve

Students can access the classical works on line if they do not already own the books.

COURSE CONTENT
The course will be devoted to the distinction in contemporary ethics between ethical internalism and externalism. The distinction has to do whether or not motivation is necessarily linked with moral judgment or not. We begin by reviewing the theories of moral motivation of the classical theorists (including but not limited to Aristotle, Hobbes, Hume and Kant) by focusing on the sections of their works addressing that issue. Then we turn to the locus classicus of the internalist/externalist distinction in Falk, Frankena, and Nagel. Important articles from the last three decades on the debate will be critically examined in view of developing a cogent theory about moral motivation. These articles Authors we will study include David Brink, E. J. Bond, Michael Stocker, Christine Korsgaard, Charlotte Brown, Alfred Mele, Michael Smith, Nick Zangwill, Michael Cholbi, and Linda Zagzebski and others.

COURSE FORMAT
The requirements for this seminar are one or two class presentations (depending on class size), a short paper, and one term paper.