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Syllabus for Traditions and Cultures 104: Justice and Virtue Instructor : Houston Smit Office : Social Science 220a Office Hours : MW 11-12 Office Phone : 626-0615 Email : [email protected] Teaching Assistants (phone: 621-7098; office, Social Science 130 or 138) Adam Arico (Sections 12, 13, 14): [email protected] Piper Bringhurst (Sections 15, 16, 17): [email protected] Eyal Tal (Sections 18, 19, 20): [email protected] Elizabeth Phillips (Sections 21, 22, 23): [email protected] Goal of the Course The goal of the course is to introduce you to some central questions of moral philosophy through the work of four of the most important thinkers in the western tradition. These questions include the following: What is the basis of our moral judgments and attitudes? What makes (morally) right actions right, and (morally) wrong actions wrong? What sort of person is it best to be? What is valuable in life? What reason, if any, do we have to do the (morally) right thing? In discussing these questions, attention will be given to clarification of concepts, rigorous argument, and the evaluation of arguments – all with the aim of helping you learn to think philosophically about difficult moral questions. The works we will be reading in this course – by Plato, Aristotle, Kant, and Mill – all have had a great impact on moral thought in the western tradition. As a result, many of the ideas you encounter in these works are likely to be familiar to you. And studying these works is an ideal way of deepening your own thinking about moral issues: I urge you to seize this opportunity to do so. Code of Conduct Students are expected to behave appropriately, and to treat others with respect. While in class, turn off your cell phone and refrain from eating, reading the newspaper, and disruptive whispering. Arrive on time, and remain until the end of class. Students are also advised that university policy prohibits threats of physical harm to any member of the university community. Any threatening behavior will be reported and disciplined, in accordance with ABOR Policy 5- 308 (posted on the Dean of Student’s webpage). Course Requirements and Grading There will be a reading assignment for each lecture, accompanied with study questions. I expect you to attend every lecture having already read the assignment guided by the study questions .
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