PHIL 160H.001 – Honors Introduction to Ethics

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Instructor: Simon Blackburn. This course meets TR 12:30 – 1:45 p.m. in CW 103.

The course will introduce students to central issues in ethical thought, primarily by considering three classics of moral philosophy:

David Hume, Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals (OUP, ed. Tom Beauchamp)

Immanuel Kant Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals (CUP ed. Mary Gregor)

John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism (Hackett)

and as a general orientation a short book of my own:

Simon Blackburn Being Good (OUP).

These books are required, since classes will often centre upon close reading from them. Other readings will be made available online when they become appropriate. The course will be assessed by a mid-term examination and a take-home examination at the end of the semester.