REL 225
Culture and Morality Spring 2018
Division II
Cross-listed REL 225 / ANTH 224
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Moral judgments differ across cultures, within cultures, and across time. How do we account for this variation, and what does it tell us about human nature and the nature of moral reasoning? This course examines practical and theoretical orientations for the descriptive study of morality. We will read about and analyze moral life in a range of cultural and historical settings, from Africa and Oceania to North America and the Upper Amazon. As an object of academic inquiry, morality has historically been resistant to classification under any one discipline, recognized at various times to be the exclusive province of philosophy, psychology, religion, and so on; so we will draw on works from across a range of fields in order to better understand morality and its relationship with other significant dimensions of human social life (political economy, religion, gender, etc.). Specific topics will include: the relationship between morality and freedom; the apparent intractability of moral disagreements; the role of intuition and emotion in moral reasoning; and the influence of power and hierarchy on moral judgment.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 3043
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: a midterm project and a final paper
Extra Info: not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: ANSO students
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
REL 225 Division II ANTH 224 Division II
Attributes: PHIL Related Courses

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