Ethics (PHIL*2120) | College of Arts

Ethics (PHIL*2120)

Term: Winter 2016


What is morality? What makes an action morally good? What character traits are morally significant? How should we treat other people? Finally, why should we, or do we, do the 'right thing' for others when doing so conflicts with the pursuit of individual happiness? In this course we will consider some of the most influential texts in the history of moral philosophy and the ways in which each philosophers has attempted to answer these questions.


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The University of Guelph resides on the land of the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon, a covenant between Indigenous nations to live peaceably on the territories of the Great Lakes region. We recognize that today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our collective responsibility to the land where we learn, live and work.