PHIL 7727 Consequentialism and Its Critics (Spring: 3 )
This course examines utilitarian and, more broadly, consequentialist approaches to ethics. Our goals will be: (1) to understand the structure and appeal of consequentialist theories (2) to articulate the strongest possible version of consequentialism and (3) to consider the most serious objections to consequentialism. We will begin with two classical texts: Mill's Utilitarianism and Moore's Principia Ethica. We will also examine contemporary re-formulations of consequentialism, including Brad Hooker's Ideal Code, Real World: A rule-consequentialist theory of morality. In addition, we will read essays by various critics of consequentialism, including Bernard Williams, Philippa Foot, David Lyons, and Anselm Mueller.
Instructor(s): Micah Lott
Last Updated: 18-Feb-16