- Code PHIL2117
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Philosophy
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Philosophy
- Areas of interest Philosophy
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
This module will deal with a range of core issues in contemporary meta-ethics. Topics covered will include the question of whether our moral judgements truly describe some feature of our decisions, actions and character; the objectivity of moral judgements; whether our ordinary moral judgements might be radically mistaken; and what methods are appropriate for moral inquiry.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
By the end of the course, students should be able to:
1. Evaluate rival theories of the nature of moral truth.
2. Understand a range of theories about the nature and role of moral judgements.
3. Offer arguments for and against different metaethical theories, including being able to critically assess their own views.
One 2000 word essay (45%) [assesses all three Learning Outcomes]
One Take-Home Exam of 2000 words (45%) [assesses all three Learning Outcomes]
Tutorial Participation (10%) [assesses all three Learning Outcomes]
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20 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials. Students should also expect to undertake approximately 7 hours of private study per week.
Requisite and Incompatibility
S. Darwall, A. Gibbard, and P. Railton (eds). Moral Discourse and Practice: Some Philosophical Approaches (Oxford 1997)
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