Moral Philosophy

Moral philosophy is the systematic theoretical study of morality or ethical life: what weought to do, what we ought to be, what has value or is good. This module engages in this practice by criticalinvestigation of some of the following topics, debates, and figures: value and valuing; personhood/selfhood;practical reason; moral psychology; freedom, agency, and responsibility; utilitarianism and its critics; virtueethics and its critics; deontology and its critics; contractarianism and its critics; the nature of the good life; thesource and nature of rights; the nature of justice; major recent and contemporary figures such as BernardWilliams, Martha Nussbaum, Peter Railton, Christine Korsgaard, Philippa Foot, Allan Gibbard, Simon Blackburn; major historical figures such as Aristotle, David Hume, Immanuel Kant, John Stuart Mill, G. E. Moore.