Undergraduate Course: Moral Philosophy (LLLI07005)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This is a for-credit course offered by the Office of Lifelong Learning (OLL); only students registered with OLL should be enrolled. A historical survey of the key moral thinkers and their theories, from the ancient Greeks to the present day. Extracts from classic texts will be studied, and placed in their historical and philosophical contexts.
Content of course
1. Introduction - what is moral theory, and how did it begin?
2. Virtue ethics - Aristotle¿s Nicomachean Ethics.
3. Egoism - Hobbes¿ Leviathan.
4. Egoism ¿ Hume¿s response.
5. Utilitarianism ¿ Bentham and Mill
6. Deontology ¿ Kant¿s Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals.
7. Intuitionism ¿ Ross: The Right and the Good.
8. Justice ¿ Rawls.
9. Rights ¿ Nozick: Anarchy State and Utopia.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
||Lifelong Learning - Session 1
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Open Studies 10 credit courses have one assessment. Normally, the assessment is a 2000 word essay, worth 100% of the total mark, submitted by week 12. To pass, students must achieve a minimum of 40%. There are a small number of exceptions to this model which are identified in the Studying for Credit Guide.
|No Exam Information
| By the end of this course, students should be able to:
¿ Read and critically evaluate a philosopher¿s argument;
¿ Explain the central elements in a range of moral theoretical positions;
¿ Identify the historical and philosophical significance of these positions.
Singer, P., ed., 1993. A Companion to Ethics. Oxford: Blackwell.
Rachels, J., 2007. The Elements of Moral Philosophy. 5th ed. Boston; London: McGraw Hill.
Benn, P., 2002. Ethics. London: Routledge.
John Gordon¿s website: http://www.glaucon.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk
Handouts will be made available on a weekly basis.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Mr James Mooney
Tel: (0131 6)50 3077
|Course secretary||Mrs Sabine Murdoch
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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