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Michael Stoff, Director 305 East 23rd St, CLA 2.102, (G3600) Austin, TX 78712-1250 • 512-471-1442

Spring 2006

T C PHL610 • Problems of Knowledge and Valuation

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
41890 to 41905 Multiple Sections WAG 214

Course Description

The course will be a survey of modern theories of ethics. It will be divided into three parts. We will focus in the first part on theories in British moral philosophy from Thomas Hobbes to David Hume. We will then take up Immanuel Kant's theory in the second part of the course. The last part will be a study of the utilitarian ethics of Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill.

About the Professor John Deigh is Professor of Philosophy and Law. He specializes in moral and political philosophy.

Grading Policy

Midterm examination: 25% Final examination: 50% Term paper: 25% Class participation: Will be used to decide borderline grades


Thomas Hobbes, selections from Leviathan Joseph Butler, Five Sermons David Hume, Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals Immanuel Kant, Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals Jeremy Bentham, selections from Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism


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