Introducing Moral Philosophy (Spring 2011)

This page provides resources for Introducing Moral Philosophy, taught for Cardiff University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning during spring 2011.

Slides

In case you missed a class or wish to review a topic, you can download slides from previous classes in PDF format. Please note that these documents are not intended to stand on their own. If you are not taking the course, they are unlikely to be of much use to you although you are welcome to take a look if you wish. If you are taking the class and have questions, please let me know.

Philosophical Bootcamp

Slides from the first week of the course. Note that the answers typed in class are missing because I didn’t think to save them. If you aren’t sure what the answer should be, please ask.

Morality, Society & Survival: Psychological Egoism & The Social Contract

Slides from the second week of the course.

Consequentialism: Classical Hedonism & Its Critics

First set of slides from the third week of the course.

Consequentialism: Utilitarianism

Second set of slides from the third week and first set of slides from the fourth week.

Consequentialism: On Walking Away & Plugging In

Second set of slides from the fourth week of the course.

“A Shining Jewel”

First set of slides from the fifth week.

The Categorical Imperative

Second set of slides from the fifth week.

First Formulation of The Categorical Imperative: The Formula of Universal Law (FUL)

Third set of slides from the fifth week, completed in the sixth week.

Second Formulation of The Categorical Imperative: The Formula of Humanity as an End in Itself (FHEI)

First set of slides from the sixth class.

Graduation & The Kingdom of Ends

Second set of slides from the sixth class.

The Ethical Theory of Kant: Selected Objections: Hedgehog Hospitals, Scrubbing-Brushes & More

Third set of slides from the sixth class.

Virtue Ethics

Slides from the seventh class.

Virtue Ethics: Which Character Traits are Good?

First set of slides from the eighth class.

Reality, Resistance & Respect: Stoicism: A Different Picture of Virtue

Second set of slides from the eighth class.

Reality, Resistance & Respect: Thomas E. Hill, Jr.

Slides from the ninth class. Note that these slides include a few which we didn’t get time to cover but which I’ve included as they may be of interest and should be relatively self-explanatory.

Rights and Rights-Holders

Slides from the tenth class.

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.

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