16:730:680:02 - Advanced Topics in Ethics
Philosophy 680, Advanced Topics in Ethics
Wednesday, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Professors James Griffin and Larry Temkin
NOTE: The first meeting of the seminar (Griffin/Temkin) will be on Wednesday, September 9 (because Griffin is giving a paper in Italy). He apologizes and will make up the missed seminar in the course of the semester, as convenient for members of the group.
This course will be divided into two parts. In part one, James Griffin will present material on the general topic “What is Ethics?” Specific topics to be addressed are:
Method in Ethics, What Biology and Psychology Can Tell Us about Ethics, “Ought” Implies “Can”: 1. Motivational Limits on Ethics, “Ought” Implies “Can”: 2. Epistemic Limits on Ethics, Newtonizing Ethics: 1. The Idea of an Empirical Ethics, Newtonizing Ethics: 2. The Idea of a Systematic Ethics, and Bernard Williams and the Rejection of Morality. In part two, Larry Temkin will present some draft chapters of his next book, Rethinking the Good: Moral Ideals and the Nature of Practical Reasoning. Topics addressed may include aggregation, transitivity, continuity, the independence of irrelevant alternatives principle, different conceptions of moral ideals, different models for determining all things considered judgments of outcomes, the desirability of neutrality with respect to people, places, and times, and the foundations and assumptions of practical reasoning.
Professor Griffin is Emeritus Professor of the prestigious White’s Chair of Moral Philosophy at Oxford University, and is currently a regular Distinguished Visiting Professor at Rutgers University and at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the Australian National University.
Professor Temkin is a member of the Rutgers Philosophy Department.
Partial Syllabus and Reading List
Rawls, The Independence of Moral Theory (from Proceedings and Addresses of the APA)
Part II of the Class: Temkin's Rethinking the Good: Moral Ideals and the Nature of Practical Reasoning