CS-161T: Moral Philosophy

This course will explore influential texts in moral philosophy in the Western tradition by Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Mill, and others. Topics discussed will include: moral reasoning, knowledge, and justification; conceptions of virtue, happiness, and well-being; moral psychology and motivation, and the role of the emotions in morality; and issues of justice, duties, rights, and equality. We will also examine several contemporary moral controversies (including the moral status of non-human animals, abortion, and euthanasia, among others) from alternative philosophical perspectives. Students will evaluate the assumptions, arguments, and proposals of various moral thinkers, and will develop their own views regarding matters of moral theory and practice.