Courses: The Wicked and the Worthy (PHILH111A01)

Fall 2013

The possibility of “doing good” in the world presumes that one can distinguish between good and bad actions, people, and consequences. But on what basis are we to 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, are not evil? This course examines such concerns through a survey of the history of ethical philosophy. In digging up the “root of all good,” we will consider as well questions of self-interest, justice, freedom, and duty. Readings include selections from Plato’s Republic, Mill’s Utilitarianism, Kant’s Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, and Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil.

Fulfills: HU III

Department

Philosophy (Web site)

Taught By

Jerry Miller (Profile)

Location

Haverford, Chase 101

Meeting Times

MW 2:30-4:00