Ethics (PHIL*2120) | College of Arts

Ethics (PHIL*2120)

Code and section: PHIL*2120*01

Term: Winter 2021

Instructor: Peter Eardley


An introduction to moral philosophy through classical and contemporary readings on the subject. Questions addressed will include: What is the nature of morality and why do we need it? What does it mean to lead a good life? What are the foundations of morality? And what makes an act right or wrong? Major ethical schools of thought such as Utilitarianism, Kantianism, Virtue Ethics and the Ethics of Care will be represented in the readings. Major thinkers will include Plato, Aristotle, St. Thomas Aquinas, Kant and Virginia Held.

Course content will be delivered asynchronously.

Course Outline

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.