Courses: The Wicked and the Worthy (PHILH111B01)

Spring 2008

Course Description Doing good in the world presumes a distinction between good and bad actions, people, and consequences. But on what basis do we make such distinctions? What grounds, if anything, our definitions of good and bad? How can we be certain that our actions, and thus our own selves, do not enact negative consequences? This course examines such concerns through a survey of the history of ethics. In exposing the “root of all good” we will consider as well questions of self-interest, justice, freedom, and duty. Readings include selections from Mill’s Utilitarianism, Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, and Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil.

Syllabus: View course syllabus

Fulfills: HU III

Department

Philosophy (Web site)

Taught By

Jerry Miller (Profile)

Location

Haverford, Chase 104

Meeting Times

MW 12:30-2:00