Contemporary ethical theory often focuses on identifying what makes actions right and wrong. But there are other dimensions of moral assessment than this. Not only acts, but also AGENTS may be good or bad; and both acts and agents may be MORALLY WORTHY or PRAISEWORTHY (or morally unworthy and blameworthy). The seminar will focus on this other dimension of moral assessment. Two general questions will guide our thinking about this dimension: (1) What is an account of moral worth or praiseworthiness FOR? What role has the notion of moral worth played in Aristotle, Kant, and consequentialism? (2) What are the factors that make agents and acts morally worthy or praiseworthy? Motives, effort, luck, attentiveness, and emotions, and character are some of the candidate factors. We'll look at each in some detail, with readings from contemporary authors.
COURSE FORMAT: Seminar
Level: UGRD Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA PHIL Grading Mode: Graded
Prerequisites: PHIL212 OR PHIL215 Links to Web Resources For This Course.
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