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PHIL 5543 Friends & Family: Why Care? (Spring: 3 )

Course Description

Isn't impartiality at the heart of morality? But then, (how) can we be justified in the partiality we normally show some people over others? This course considers some philosophical accounts of the place and significance within morality of a person’s relationships with social acquaintances and relatives, and of her voluntary commitments and group affiliations (national, ethnic, racial, etc.). Readings include work of F.H.Bradley, selections from J.Seglow’s monograph, "Defending Associative Duties" and from B.Feltham’s and J.Cottingham’s edited collection, "Partiality & Impartiality: Morality, Special Relationships, & the Wider World", and other (mostly recent) texts.

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Jorge Garcia

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17