*This is the only question which concerns itself with the good, whereas the others concern
themselves with what is right, in Mills philosophy.
Wednesday, February 6
Can an act utilitarian endorse rules?
What is the acid test for de
Crito: Socrates and an Obligation to Obey the Law
Socrates position in the Crito on the obligation to obey the law can largely be interpreted
from his supposition of what the Laws (in the dialogue) are saying; Socrates says, The echo of
their arguments ma
1) Why not put Locke on the left?
2) How is Lockes view of the State of Nature different from Hobbes?
3) What rights and duties does L think we have in S of N?
Section 6: Lack of right to destroy yourself or your possessions. Bound to preserve
1. Reason is the slave of the passions 804-5 second column
2. Two readings of the excitation argument 807
3. How does H argue that morals aren't known by reason?
i) Relations of ideas (necessary truths)
ii) Matters of fact (contingent truths observed
On the Genealogy of Morality contra Cultural Relativism
Does On the Genealogy of Morality divulge in Nietzsche a drop of Cultural Relativism -the idea that ethical truths pertain only to the society in which they are contained (an idea that
Wednesday, January 13
1. What kind of utilitarian is Mill? Some sections: 1078, 1080, 1095, 1099, 1101
2. What is Mills response to the problem of rights? Some sections: 1090-95, 1099
It ultimately depends on the reading of Mill, as there are sections
Humes Case (First) and Aristotles Ambiguous Case (Second)
Humes basis for determining whether a thing may be reasonable or unreasonable rests in
his definition of reason: the faculty of discovering causal relationships.1 Because reason is
1) How does Kants theory generate requirements?
2) Is Kants theory really the Golden Rule?
3) Is Kant appealing to consequences for happiness?
4) Does Ks theory entail that its always wrong to lie?
5) What objections can be raised?
1) When one uses the te
Religion is the opiate of the masses. 25-2-2013, Clark
Aristotles and Platos Conception of the Well-ordered Human Soul
Aristotle and Plato both believe that a well-ordered human soul will support the best
human functioning possible. Aristotle takes human function to be actions of the soul that