Social Sciences

Philosophical Morality
A long-standing issue among both philosophers and
non-philosophers is whether or not there is an objective
standard of morality; and if there is, how that is possible.
Some have argued that it is possible only if morality is
grounded in the commands or designs of a God. Others
have argued to the contrary: that a non-theistic foundation
of objective morality can succeed. In this course we
will look at a number of philosophical ethical theories
with these questions in mind. Theories examined will
(likely) include Divine Command Theory and the ethical
theories of St. Thomas Aquinas, John Stuart Mill and
Immanuel Kant. Also, as time permits, we may examine
the question of whether or not the theory of evolution
can account for humans’ sense of morality.

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Holman 10/4 - 12/13 Th 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM $55.00 View