Don't Fetishize Morality
Mon, Mar 18
Socrates, Plato and Aristotle all give us reasons to think that a total commitment to morality (in the virtue ethics sense) just is what it is to have a good life. Is that right? In this class we will debate whether to live the good life you shouldn't strive to be as moral as possible. Can a moral saint also be a good friend? Does being a good person mean you cannot also be funny, or a good cook, or just generally weird and interesting? Can being morally good be different from being just all-around good? We'll debate whether there are goals more important than morality and also think more seriously about the kinds of lives we honestly admire.
Key Concept: Loving Saint, Rational Saint, Non-Moral Virtues, Supererogation
"Moral Saints" (Susan Wolf) (You may skip pp. 427-33 [resume at "If the above..."]. Everything after p. 435 is also optional.)
- Homework: Reading Reflection Journal
- Work on your Morality Prewrite (due 3/22).