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?

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information

Classes

1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week

Assessment

1x2500wd Essay (50%) and 1x2000wd Take-home exam (50%)

Faculty/department permission required?

No

Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

12 Junior credit points in Philosophy

Prohibitions

PHIL2513, PHIL3513

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

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Cross-institutional study

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