Do Your Duty
Wed, Feb 20
Regardless of your take on the basis of moral truths -- you still need to make moral decisions. What do you need to do to be a moral person? In this class, we consider the one major theory for how to act well: duty-based ethics. In particular, we will discuss the theory of philosopher Immanuel Kant. Kant is famous for believing that rationality is the basis for morality -- the most important focus of ethical decision-making is respecting the freedom and dignity of rational beings. He also gives us a theory of inviolable moral imperatives -- rules you must follow, no matter what, to do what is right.
Key Concepts: Rational Agency, Person (Kantian defn.), Autonomy, the Principle of Control, the Categorical Imperative
- Homework: Reading Reflection Journal