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    Otterbein University
  Feb 19, 2018
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

PHIL 2500 - Contemporary Ethics and Metaethics

Hours: 4
This course focuses on the nature and content of ethical theorizing. Some of the questions that we will consider are: Is pleasure the only good? Are individual’s preferences the only basis for assessing the quality of their lives? What makes right acts right? What is the role of character in ethical behavior? In an attempt to answer these questions we will look to contemporary defenses of three influential ethical theories: consequentialism, neo-Kantianism, and virtue ethics. We will also pursue important issues in meta-ethics, including the nature and possibility of objective truth in ethics.
Notes: This course may be used as a substitute for the INST Reflection and Responsibility requirement.