This page provides resources for Cyflwyno Athroniaeth Foesol — Introducing Moral Philosophy, taught for Cardiff University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning during autumn 2014. The course assumes no prior knowledge of philosophy.
Note that the official course page is on Learning Central and that all enrolled students should access content there.
What makes an action right? How should one live? What kind of person should one be? How are individual morality and social justice connected?
Ethical theory can inform our understanding of moral issues and relationships. This course introduces students to a variety of topics in both theoretical and applied ethics, focusing primarily on ideas from the western analytic tradition. No previous knowledge of philosophy is assumed.
Note that this document is also included in the course packet but that the ‘live’ links will not work there as a consequence of its inclusion in a longer document. If you would like to use these links, please use this version.
- Rhan/Part 1. Syllabus, Resources, §§1-2.
- Rhan/Part 2. §3. Paper Topics.
- Rhan/Part 3. §4.
- Rhan/Part 4. §§5-6.
Details of assessment are included in the course packet.
Note that all work must be submitted via Learning Central. This includes plagiarism detection. Please email me in case of difficulty.
§1 The Philosopher’s Toolbox
§2 Morality, Society & Survival
§4 Deontological Theories
- The Value of a Good Will
- The Categorical Imperative
- The Formula of Universal Law (FUL)
- The Formula of Humanity as an End in Itself (FHEI)
- The Kingdom of Ends
- What About Hedgehogs?
§5 Virtue Ethics
§6 Reality, Resistance & Respect
§7 Situation, Attribution & Character
- Situationism & Individual Morality
Note that this can be used on a variety of levels. It can be used simply to get a sense of when different philosophers worked, or when different philosophical ideas emerged. It can also be treated as a series of symbolic clues to various philosophical ideas. While some of the solutions are included in the timeline itself and many others are straightforward, a few are positively obscure. The colours have no significance except to associate symbols with philosophers. In general, a symbol in a given colour belongs with the nearest philosopher named in a box of that colour.
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.
Stoic Week 2014 coincides with our discussion of Stoicism in week 8. An online module is available from Modern Stoicism, with further details available from Exeter’s Stoicism Today. Note that participants are asked to enrol in the e-learning module in advance as one aim of the project is to evaluate the impact of Stoic practice on well-being. (So you get asked some questions about your well-being before and after the week’s activities.) You might also enjoy The Guardian‘s coverage of Stoic Week 2012.
World Philosophy Day 2014
What can you do with a BA in philosophy? How do employers regard philosophy graduates? Can you really make a living after spending three years of your life studying the correspondence between Princess Elisabeth and Descartes? The answers to these questions may surprise you…
- Stephen Law, ‘Why philosophy degrees are among the MOST useful. Evidence demolishing myths peddled by philosophy bashers.’ (2011-03-23).
- ‘More things in heaven and earth, Horatio’, Times Higher (2009-01-01).
- Jessica Shepherd, ‘I think, therefore I earn’, The Guardian (2007-11-20).