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PHIL0205

Human Nature & Ethics

Human Nature and Ethics
This course offers a historical introduction to different views of morality and human nature, and the relationship between them. We will cover the central figures of both the ancient and modern periods of philosophy and consider their answers to questions fundamental to our lives and the decisions we make. We will consider the nature of the good life, happiness, and the virtues; whether or not a moral life is in our nature, and whether reason or emotions are the best guides to morality; and the nature of justice, and what role it plays for creatures like us. The philosophers we will study include Aristotle, Hobbes, Butler, Mill, and Kant. 3 hrs lect.
Subject:
Philosophy
Department:
Philosophy
Division:
Humanities
Requirements Fulfilled:
EUR PHL
Equivalent Courses:

Sections

Fall 2013

PHIL0205A-F13 Lecture (Besser-Jones)

Spring 2011

PHIL0205A-S11 Lecture (Besser-Jones)

Spring 2009

PHIL0205A-S09 Lecture (Besser-Jones)

Fall 2007

PHIL0205A-F07 Lecture (Cokelet)

Fall 2006

PHIL0205A-F06 Lecture (Bates)

Fall 2005

PHIL0205A-F05 Lecture (Flynn)