Faculty of Arts
|Faculty||Faculty of Arts|
|Offered||Clayton First semester 2013 (Day)|
Clayton First semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Clayton Summer semester A 2013 (Off-campus)
|Coordinator(s)||Dr Josh May (First semester); Dr Paul Silva (Second semester)|
Previously coded PHL2150
Unit deals with some central debates in normative theory and their underpinning in the meta-ethical theories of Hume and Kant. A major focus of discussion is the opposition between consequentialist theories, such as utilitarianism, which judge rightness and wrongness solely in terms of consequences, and Kantian theory which judges rightness and wrongness according to whether the act is in accordance with rational will. How do these theories account for the agent-centred reasons which arise from relations of love and friendship and which seem to have the potential to conflict with impartial moral requirements? Is there a limit to our obligation to minimise suffering and maximise happiness?
Written work: 60% (2500 words)
Dr Josh May (First semester); Dr Paul Silva (Second semester)
On-campus: 2 hours (one 1-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial) per week. OCL: workshops optional.
6 points of first-year except with permission.