Moral Psychology (PHIL2623)
UNIT OF STUDY
We go beyond the question of which actions are morally right to consider the following: How should we evaluate motives and emotions? Is anyone actually virtuous, or are we all weak-willed, self-deceived confabulators? Are any actions or persons evil? When should we feel guilty or ashamed? Should forgiveness be unconditional? Is morality the product of Darwinian natural selection, or of culture and learning? Is there any objective truth in morality, or are moral claims merely subjective or culturally relative?
Further unit of study information
1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week
1x2500wd Essay (50%) and 1x2000wd Take-home exam (50%)
Faculty/department permission required?
Unit of study rules
Prerequisites and assumed knowledge
12 Junior credit points in Philosophy
PHIL2513 or PHIL3513
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