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Instructors: Susan Wolf and Douglas MacLean. This course meets R 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. via synchronous remote instruction.

This course will be a graduate level version of an Introduction to Moral Theory course.  We will read several canonical texts – Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, selections from Hobbes’s Leviathan, Kant’s Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, Mill’s Utilitarianism and some 20th century work, if time allows – as a way to think about such basic questions of moral theory as What does it mean for something to be morally right (wrong)? What (if anything) gives us reason to be moral?  How do the major moral theories relate to each other?

Please note: This course counts toward the “value theory” distribution requirement for PHIL grad students.

Permission of the instructor is required to enroll in this course. PHIL grad students are exempt from this enrollment requirement.