Moral philosophy is the systematic attempt to provide an answer to what is perhaps the most important question of all:how should we live our lives?
The first three sections of the course three of the major moral theories in the Western philosophical tradition: utilitarianism, deontology, and virtue ethics. Each theory articulates a very different vision of the good life, of the nature and value of happiness, and of what makes an action or a person morally good. The final section of the course considers several skeptical challenges to the project of moral philosophy, including: can philosophical theorizing really help is with morality? How are race and gender relevant to our moral thinking? Is morality really all that important anyway?
J.S. Mill, Utilitarianism; Immanuel Kant, Groundwork of the metaphysics of Morals, Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics