The Dennes Room

Philosophy 107

Spring 2021

Number Title Instructor Days/time Room
107 Moral Psychology Shun MWF 3-4 TBA

The course will examine a range of psychological phenomena related to the ethical and spiritual life of humans, drawing on both contemporary Western philosophical approaches and non-Western traditions (Confucianism and Buddhism). It will also draw on the writings of other literary or intellectual figures, some recent psychological literature, as well as alternative approaches to the prevalent mode of ethical reflection. Topics to be covered include: pride and humility; anger, resentment and forgiveness; death, acceptance, and detachment; compassion, empathy and sympathy; Iris Murdoch; ethical outlook and the idea of spirituality. The unifying theme underlying the exploration of these topics is the idea of ‘no self’, that is, the idea that ethical self-transformation involves a move away from various forms of undue focus on the self.

Previously taught: SP20, SP19, SP18, SP17, SP15, SU09D, FL07, SP05.