PHIL 329
Four Challenging Moral Philosophers Fall 2022
Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity

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Elizabeth Anscombe, Philippa Foot, Amelie Rorty, and Cora Diamond all challenged the prevailing philosophical tenets of their times. Anscombe and Foot resurrected virtue ethics for Anglo-American philosophy and made moral psychology academically respectable. (Foot also invented the infamous trolley car thought experiment.) Rorty challenged the very concept of morality and questioned all moral theory. Diamond investigated the methodology of moral philosophy, paying special attention to the role of literature. In order to hit the ground running, students will be expected to read The Women Are Up to Something: How Elizabeth Anscombe, Philippa Foot, Mary Midgley, and Iris Murdoch Revolutionized Ethics by Benjamin J. B. Lipscomb before the first meeting, preferably over the summer.
The Class: Format: tutorial
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 1303
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Tutorial papers and rewrites
Prerequisites: At least three PHIL courses, including at least one in moral philosophy.
Enrollment Preferences: Philosophy majors, seniors, juniors in that order
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
WS Notes: Students will meet with the instructor in pairs for an hour each week; a 5- to 7-page paper every other week (6 in all), prepare and present a written critique of their partners' papers in alternate weeks, and revise and re-write one of their five papers
DPE Notes: Our four challenging moral philosophers are all women in a field dominated by men. They all challenged the prevailing philosophical tenets of their times.
Attributes: PHIL Contemporary Value Theory Courses

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