The Dennes Room

Philosophy 2

Spring 2019

Number Title Instructor Days/time Room
2 Individual Morality & Social Justice Wallace MWF 10-11 Hearst Field Annex A1

An introduction to some central issues in moral and political philosophy. The course will focus on issues of objectivity, disagreement, and pluralism in the domain of value. Questions to be addressed include: Are there objective moral standards, or are moral and other values relative? What are some specific moral requirements (relating to killing, sex, and helping people in need)? What is involved in leading a meaningful human life? Can morality contribute to making one’s life good? What makes a society just, and worthy of our allegiance? What are the implications of pluralism for social tolerance? When and why should we tolerate moral and political views that we find abhorrent?

Texts will be taken from contemporary sources, and will be made available on the bCourses site for the class.