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Instructor: Margaret Shea. This course meets TR 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. in DE 402.

This course provides a systematic overview of moral philosophy, introducing students to a curated selection of the discipline’s guiding questions, animating disagreements, and seminal texts (both historical and contemporary). Questions we will explore include: what makes an act right or wrong? Are we responsible for what we do, even if what we do is predetermined? Is there a moral difference between killing a person and letting her die? When we say that an act is wrong, are we expressing our feelings or our beliefs? Do we have moral reason to help our friends? Students will get ample practice reading, reconstructing, and raising objections to philosophical arguments, and supporting their ideas with reasons.


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