PHIL 328
Kant's Ethics Fall 2024
Division II

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Although Kant initially planned for his magnum opus to comprise theoretical and practical chapters, his metaphysics and epistemology take up all of his Critique of Pure Reason while his ethics is spread out over a series of works–Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, Critique of Practical Reason, Religion within the Boundaries of Mere Reason, and The Metaphysics of Morals. These latter writings of Kant’s had a tremendous influence on the development of subsequent moral philosophy and indeed set the stage for contemporary discussions of the nature of practical reason, motivation, freedom, and morality. Our seminar will have two aims: (1) to reconstruct the single most compelling moral theory from Kant’s various ethical writings, and (2) to trace the influence of Kant’s ethics in contemporary philosophy.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 20
Expected: 15
Class#: 1594
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: weekly seminar discussion questions; 8-10-page midterm paper; 12-14-page final paper
Prerequisites: two courses in PHIL (including a 100-level PHIL course; PHIL 201 or 202 recommended); or permission from the instructors
Enrollment Preferences: Philosophy majors
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: PHIL History Courses

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