|2||Individual Morality & Social Justice||Rudolph||MTuWTh 12-2||103 Moffitt|
In this course, we will follow the development of philosophical thought about morality and social justice in the Western tradition, through the works of philosopher such as Plato, Aristotle, Hume, Hobbes, Kant, and Mill. We will discuss questions such as: What makes an action right or wrong? Does morality depend on one’s culture or religion? Should we always do what has the best consequences, or are there some kinds of actions that we ought never to perform, no matter the consequences? What is the best kind of life a human being can live? Do the answers to any of these questions change depending on whether we begin from a male or a female perspective? In addition to learning about prominent views from the history of philosophy, we will also draw connections to some important contemporary issues, such as abortion, race relations, and free speech. No prior experience in philosophy is required.