Lectures take place Mondays from 3-4pm in 65/1133 and Thursdays from 4-6pm in 65/1133
SCHEDULE OF READINGS
The readings divide into required, strongly recommended, and optional further readings. I include the optional readings just in case you find the topic especially interesting or would like to write a paper on nearby issues.
Required readings are available for registered students on this password-protected page. Most of the optional further readings can be found for free online or through the university library.
Part 1. Meta-Ethical Preliminaries
Week 1: Moral Relativism - Its Varieties and Status Required
Mary Midgley. 1981. ‘Trying Out One’s New Sword’ in Heart and Mind: The Varieties of Moral Experience. New York: St. Martin’s Press. Strongly Recommended
James Rachels. 1986. ‘The Challenge of Cultural Relativism’ in The Elements of Moral Philosophy. New York: McGraw Hill. Further Reading
Michele Moody-Adams. 2002. ‘The Empirical Underdetermination of Descriptive Cultural Relativism’ in Fieldwork in Familiar Places. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
David Wong. 2006. Natural Moralities. Oxford University Press.
Philippa Foot. 1972. ‘Morality as a System of Hypothetical Imperatives.’ Philosophical Review 81: 305-316. Further Reading
Stephen Darwall. 1997. ‘Reasons, Motives, and the Demands of Morality: An Introduction’ in Darwall, S., Gibbard, A., and Railton, P. (eds.) M oral Discourse and Practice. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
David Hume. Treatise of Human Nature, Book II, Part III, Section III; Book III, Part I, Section I.
Christine Korsgaard. 1997. ‘The Normativity of Instrumental Reason’ in Cullity, G. and Gaut, B. (eds.) Ethics and Practical Reason. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
Christine Korsgaard. 1986. ‘Skepticism about Practical Reason.’ The Journal of Philosophy 83: 5-25.
Derek Parfit. 2011. On What Matters, Volume One, Part One. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Derek Parfit. 1997. ‘Reasons and Motivation.’ Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 71: 99-146.
Part 2. What Matters Morally? Week 4: Goodness and its Distribution Required
Thomas Hurka. 2006. ‘Value Theory’ in Copp, D. (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Ethical Theory. Oxford University Press. Further Reading
Allen Wood. 2006. ‘The Supreme Principle of Morality’, Sections 1 and 2, in Guyer, P. (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to Kant and Modern Philosophy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Optional Further Reading
F. M. Kamm. 2006. ‘Nonconsequentialism’ in Intricate Ethics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Immanuel Kant. 1785. Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals.
W. D. Ross. 1930. ‘What Makes Right Acts Right?’ in The Right and the Good. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
Barbara Herman. ‘Leaving Deontology Behind’ in The Practice of Moral Judgment. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Thomas Hill. 1980. ‘Humanity as an End in Itself.’ Ethics 91: 84-99.
Christine Korsgaard. 1986. ‘Kant’s Formula of Humanity.’ Kant-Studien 77: 183-202.
Allen Wood. 2002. ‘What Is Kantian Ethics?’ in Wood, A. (transl.) Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals. New Haven: Yale University Press.
Week 11: Unprincipled Ethics and Non-Ideal Theory
Charles Mills. 2005. ‘‘Ideal Theory’ as Ideology.’ Hypatia 20: 165-184.