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PHIL 3/429: Kant's Ethics (Winter 2018)

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Course Announcements

  • Wednesday, April 11: No class today, but I still intend to be in my office hour today from 1130 to 1230.

  • Monday, April 2: Continuing with (7) Moral Luck and (8) Animals and other Moral Patients fromi the Reading List.

  • For Wednesday, March 28: Shawn's presentation will be based on the following readings in Practical Philosophy: Private right. Chapter 1 - Chapter II (Section 1). 6:246 - 6:270 (Pp. 401 - 421) and Public Right. Section III. 6:353 (Pp. 489-490)

  • Monday, March 26: This week: (6) Friendship, and (7) Moral Luck. If time, (8) Animals and Other Moral Patients from the Reading List.

  • Monday, March 19: Read Topics (4) and (5) on the Reading List.

  • Monday, March 5: The final essay topics and the final reading analysis suggestions have been posted.

  • Wednesday, February 28: We completed Hegel on Monday. Today, Schopenhauer. Next time (March 5): Marx and Engels, Brentano, Mill, Sidgwick, and Ross from the reading list.

  • Monday, February 12: We will complete our discussion of the Metaphysics of Morals today. For Wednesday, February 14, we will begin discussing Hegel---see the reading list for details.

  • Wednesday, January 31: We will complete our discussion of the Groundwork. For next week: "On the supposed right to lie from philanthropy" (pp. 611-615 [8:425 - 8:430]). Start reading the Metaphysics of Morals, Part II, pp. 509-603. I have posted links to the readings from Hegel in the reading list.

  • Monday, January 29: We are still in Section 2 for this week. For next week, read "On the supposed right to lie from philanthropy" (pp. 611-615 [8:425 - 8:430]). Start reading the Metaphysics of Morals, Part II, pp. 509-603.

  • Monday, January 22: Class is cancelled today.

  • Reading Analysis #1 (329 section): Due February 16. Length: no more that 5 double-spaced pages (or equivalent). Submission: Paper to AH410 or email me at . Instructions: Select a passage from the Groundwork and provide both an exegesis and some critical reflections on it (i.e., support or challenge the main idea[s] that you find in it). Suggested passages:

    • The argument for the absolute worth of the will (reason vs instinct as a guide for the will): pp. 50-52 (4:395-4:397).

    • The analysis of the concept of duty (i.e., which actions have "moral worth": pp. 52-54 (4:397-4:399).

    • The analytic derivation of the Categorical Imperative: pp. 55-58 (4:400-4:404).

    • The basic principle of morality cannot be derived from examples; it must rest on "pure reason independently of all experience": pp. 61-65 (4:407-4:412).

    • The distinction between hypothetical and categorical imperatives: pp. 67-73 (4:414-4:422).

    • Any ONE of Kant's four applications of the Categorical Imperative: pp. 73-76 (4:422-4:425).

  • Jan 20: For Monday (Jan 22) and most likely Wednesday, finish Section 1; continue to Section II. Try to get to 4:424 (p. 75) where Kant list his first set of four examples illustrating the Categorical Imperative.

  • Jan 15: Continue Reading Section 1 of the Groundwork.

  • Jan 9: For Wednesday (10th) read the Preface to the Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, pp. 43-48 (AA 4:387 - AA 4:392).