SII 214 - Theories of Ethics (4)

This is a course on ethics and the nature of morality, with an emphasis on the careful study of some of the seminal texts of broadly Western tradition of systematic ethical inquiry, with some attention to recent developments and applications of those theories. Our inquiry will be guided by questions about the nature of moral goodness, the relative moral significance of consequences, character, and motive in moral action, the nature of moral claims, the foundations of moral norms, and the connection of moral theory to issues in moral psychology and how these theories apply to concrete moral problems. Examples of theories typically covered in this course include consequentialism, deontology, divine volitionalism, virtue theory, and contractualism. Prerequisite: SII 210 or equivalent, or, permission of the SII Director.