24.02 Moral Problems and the Good Life, Fall 2006
Author(s)Haslanger, Sally Anne
Moral Problems and the Good Life
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Subject examines classic texts from the history of Western moral philosophy, and their answers to the question of what is the best way to live. These texts include works by Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Hume, Kant, and J. S. Mill. Among the questions that arise are: What is it to have a good life? How important is moral integrity, personal happiness, individual autonomy, and self expression, if one is to live in the best way that one can? Emphasis on close analysis and the evaluation of philosophical ideas and arguments. Description from course home page: This course will focus on issues that arise in contemporary public debate concerning matters of social justice. Topics will likely include: euthanasia, gay marriage, racism and racial profiling, free speech, hunger and global inequality. Students will be exposed to multiple points of view on the topics and will be given guidance in analyzing the moral frameworks informing opposing positions. The goal will be to provide the basis for respectful and informed discussion of matters of common moral concern.
pleasure, desire, satisfaction, objectivity, environmentalism, animal rights, immortality, egoism, skepticism, relativism, toleration, utilitarianism, deontology, virtue, moral theory, global justice, equality, social justice, race, gender, poverty, sex, welfare, freedom, famly, vengeance, retribution, reform, punishment, prison, body, Michel Foucault, John Stuart Mill, death penalty, gay marriage, sexuality