Course level: Undergraduate
American University of Paris
How should I live? How can I determine whether an action is right or just? These are perennial questions that philosophers have long considered and attempted to answer. The course explores the ethical writings of several philosophers, including Plato, Kant, and Mill, in order to help us clarify and articulate our own values as well as discover the nature of philosophy.
Emphasis will be placed on attentive reading and discussion of seminal texts, as well as on developing and exercising a discussion culture in the classroom. The course will include lectures and seminar discussionsconcerning key figures and texts, as well as major philosophical conceptions, arguments, and theories regarding politics.