PHIL 235 Fall 2014 Morality and Partiality: Loyalty, Friendship, Patriotism (W)

The aim of this tutorial is to critically examine the nature, importance, and ethical value of personal attachments and loyalties. Loyalty is frequently expected by family, friends and lovers, and demanded by institutions, religious and political communities, as well as by the state. A person incapable of loyalty is often characterized as fickle, cold, self-serving and sometimes even pathological. However, the status of loyalty as a virtue has always been suspect: it has been argued that it is incompatible with impartiality, fairness and equality, and claimed that it is always exclusionary. So, some relationships with other people--such as friendships, familial ties, love, patriotism--seem to be ethically desirable, central to the quality of our lives, and yet prima facie in tension with the widely held belief that morality requires impartiality and equal treatment of all human beings. Are we ever justified in having more concern, and doing more, for our friends, family, community or nation? Does morality require that we always subordinate our personal relationships to universal principles? Is patriotism incompatible with cosmopolitanism, and if so, which of the two should we value? If loyalty is a virtue, what are the proper limits of its cultivation and expression?
Class Format: tutorial; tutorial pairs will meet with the instructor for one hour a week
Requirements/Evaluation: tutorial attendance and participation; bi-weekly tutorial papers, each about 5 pages long (totaling 6 per student); bi-weekly oral responses to the paper of the tutorial partner
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option
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Prerequisites: none; open to first year students
Enrollment Preference: preference to Philosophy majors and then to sophomores
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Divisional Attributes: Division II, Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: PHIL Contemporary Value Theory Courses
Enrollment Limit: 10
Expected Enrollment: 10
Class Number: 1624
PHIL 235 - T1 (F) TUT Morality and Partiality (W) Division 2: Social StudiesWriting Intensive Bojana Mladenovic
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