This page provides resources for Continuing Moral Philosophy, taught for Cardiff University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning during spring 2013. The course is designed to build on Introducing Moral Philosophy and assumes students have successfully completed either that or a similar introduction to ethical theory.
Note that the official course page was on Learning Central and that all enrolled students should access content there.
Continuing Moral Philosophy (Spring 2013) Course packet excluding readings subject to copyright. Links to those sources are available in the reading schedule where available. Designed for duplex printing with binding on left.
Glossary Entry (20%)
§1 Morality & Religion
§2 Relativism, Subjectivism & Objectivism
- Rachels, ‘The Challenge of Cultural Relativism’ (1999, 20–36)
- Herodotus, The History, excerpt from Book 3 (The History) or ‘Custom is King’ (Pojman 2004, 156)
- Williams, ‘Knowledge, Science, Convergence’ (1985)
§3 Theories of Right Action & Their Critics
- Stocker, ‘The Schizophrenia of Modern Ethical Theories’ (1976)
- Railton, ‘Alienation, Consequentialism, and the Demands of Morality’ (1984)
- Tannenbaum, ‘Acting with Feeling from Duty’ (2002)
§4 Moral Luck
- Nagel, ‘Moral Luck’ (1979) or ‘Moral Luck’ (Pojman 2004, 374–485)
§5 A Question of Conscience?
- Bennett, ‘The Conscience of Huckleberry Finn’ (1974)
§6 Virtue Ethics & Its Critics
- Hursthouse, ‘Virtue Theory and Abortion’ (1991)
§7 Are Moral Values Gendered?
- Baier, ‘What Do Women Want in a Moral Theory?’ (1995)
Resources / Links
I’ve posted some resources / links which may be useful, interesting or amusing. Since this collection was created some time ago, some of the links may be broken. I’ve already weeded out one but would welcome further corrections.