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PH1026: HOW SHOULD ONE LIVE? (2014-2015)

Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27


Course Overview

Why do the morally right thing when you have so much more to gain by doing evil and know you could get away with it? Should you save five lives even if this requires you to kill someone in exchange for them? Would you lie on the witness stand to protect your guilty mother from a life in prison? We will read and discuss responses to these questions that have been presented in both historical and contemporary texts, including those by Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Kant, John Stuart Mill, Bernard Williams, Judith Thomson, Shelly Kagan, and T.M. Scanlon. 

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Nate Jezzi

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

None.

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course provides a general introduction to moral theory. It is organized around such questions as the following: Why be moral? Do we always have most reason to do what is best? What is the relationship between friendship and morality? We will read and discuss responses to these questions that have been presented in both historical and contemporary texts.

Contact Teaching Time

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Teaching Breakdown

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Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: One 1500-2000 word essay 50% + One 2 hour written exam 50%.
Resit: One 1500-2000 word take home essay (100%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Feedback

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Course Learning Outcomes

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