.: Meetings

MWF, 9-9:50 am
Center Hall 109

Sections:

A01:

M, 12 pm
PCYNH 120

A02:

M, 1 pm
PCYNH 120

A03:

W, 10 am
HSS 1315

A04:

W, 11 am
HSS 1315

        

.: Course Information

Nina Brewer-Davis' Office Hours:
W 10:30-12:30 and by appointment
HSS 8056
ncdavis@ucsd.edu
TAs: Nathan Rockwood
Office Hours: W 2-4
(Note change from Syllabus!)
HSS 8089

Jacob Stegenga
Office Hours:
W 12:30-2:30
HSS 8037

.: Schedule

We are all confronted with moral dilemmas, in which we are conflicted or unsure about what is the right thing to do.  How do we decide which action is morally right?  

In this class, we will study the two main schools of thought in Ethics that provide guidance in moral dilemmas: consequentialism and deontology.  We will also look at some positions that have challenged both approaches.

Consequentialism

M
3/30
Introduction
W
4/1
John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism Chapter 1 (complete) and 2 (paragraphs 1 to 10)
F
4/3
Richard Kraut, "Desire and the Human Good"
M
4/6
John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism Chapter 2
Responses to the reading questions for today's reading are due in lecture.
W
4/8
J. J. Smart, "Extreme and Restricted Utilitarianism"
F
4/10
John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism Chapters 3 and 4
M
4/13
Robert Nozick, "Side Constraints" and Amartya Sen, "Rights and Agency" (Sections 1-4 only)
W
4/15
Peter Singer, "Famine, Affluence, and Morality" and Sidgwick, from Methods of Ethics
F
4/17
Peter Railton, "Consequentialism, Alienation, and the Demands of Morality"
Responses to the reading questions for today's reading are due in lecture.
M
4/20
John Stuart Mill, On Liberty Chapter 1 (complete) and Chapter 2 (paragraphs 1-19)
W
4/22
John Stuart Mill, On Liberty Chapter 2 (paragraphs 20-42)
F
4/24
John Stuart Mill, On Liberty Chapter 3
M
4/27
Midterm In Class

Deontology

W
4/29
Neera Badhwar, "Friends as Ends in Themselves"
F
5/1
Immanuel Kant, Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals Preface and Section I
M
5/4
Immanuel Kant, Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals Preface and Section I (same as last class)
W
5/6
Immanuel Kant, Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals Section II to 4:428 (end of paragraph)
F
5/8
Immanuel Kant, Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals Section II to 4:428 (end of paragraph) (same as last class)
M
5/11
Immanuel Kant, Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals Section II 4:428 to end of section
Paper topic distributed in lecture.
W
5/13
Thomas Hill, "Humanity as an End in Itself"
F
5/15
Marcia Baron, "Impartiality and Friendship"
M
5/18
G. E. M. Anscombe, "War and Murder"
W
5/20
Judith Jarvis Thomson, "Self-Defense"
F
5/22
Warren Quinn, "Actions, Intentions, and Consequences: the Doctrine of Double Effect"
Paper due in lecture.
M
5/25
Memorial Day
No Class

Non-Unified Theories

W
5/27
Bernard Williams, "Persons, Character and Morality" (Note: may omit Section II)

5/29
W. D. Ross, from The Right and the Good (Note: may stop at end of last full paragraph on p. 65)
M
6/1
Jonathan Dancy, "Moral Particularism" in Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
W
6/3
Martha Nussbaum, "Why Practice Needs Ethical Theory: Particularism, Principle, and Bad Behaviour"
F
6/5
Susan Wolf, "Moral Partiality"
W
6/10
Final Exam 8 - 11 am