Undergraduate Catalog 2019-2020

PHL 332 Ethical Theory(RLA)

4 hours; 4 credits. An examination of the two fundamental divisions of ethical theory: normative ethics and metaethics. Normative ethics is the study of what we ought to do, desire, feel, or be, either in particular cases or in general. Normative ethical questions include: Which acts are morally right/wrong and why? What kinds of persons should we be and why? Metaethics is the study of the nature and status of normative ethics. Metaethical questions include: Do objective moral truths exist? If so, what is their origin and how can we come to know them? Are there reasons beyond self-interest for being moral? Prerequisites: (PHL 101 or PHL 130) and at least one PHL 200-level course.