Philosophy Courses

PHIL124 HM Morality and Self Interest

A study of historical and contemporary arguments for the harmony of morality and enlightened self-interest, along with some of the main challenges raised against such arguments by their critics. Reading assignments may include selections from Plato, Aristotle, Sidgwich, Prichard, Ayn Rand, Rosalind Hursthouse, Derek Parkit, David Gauthier and others.

PHIL179B HM Contemporary Moral Problems/Special Topics in Philosophy

After a brief introduction to some of the main theoretical approaches in moral and political philosophy, this course explores philosophical debates on a series of moral-political issues of current concern. Topics may include drug laws, euthanasia and assisted suicide, abortion, terrorism and the ethics of war, inequality, hate speech and pornography, and/or others. Throughout the course we will work to see how different theoretical orientations lead to different modes of analysis on the selected issues, and how the issues themselves are often linked. Typical requirements: a group project, a paper, a midterm exam, and a final exam.