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PHIL 3019 - How Should I Live? Contemporary Ethical Theories

Career: Undergraduate
Units: 3
Term: Semester 2
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Up to 3 hours per week
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange:
Available for Non-Award Study: No
Pre-Requisite: At least 6 units of Level II undergraduate study
Incompatible: PHIL 2036
Assessment: Essay 1 (2250 words) 45%, Essay 2 (2250 words) 45%, Tutorial presentation and attendance 10%

How should we live our lives, morally speaking? This is a big question, and philosophers have tackled it by breaking it down into several distinct but related questions, each of which is important and fascinating in its own right. In this course we follow their lead. We start with questions about the nature of the good life, and about the criterion for morally right action. What aspects of a life make it go better or worse for the person who is living it? What are the general principles (if any) that tell us which actions are right and which are wrong, and which explain why they are right or wrong? In the second part of the course we then take a step back and look at some more general questions about the nature and status of morality (questions in so-called "metaethics"). How does morality fit into the natural world described by science? Is moral thought and talk a matter of attempting to describe some external morality reality, or does it have some other function? Can there be evidence for or against a moral claim? What would it look like? Our main focus will be on contemporary philosophical work, though there will also be opportunities to look at some of the historical roots of contemporary views.

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Tuition Fees
Units EFTSL Pre-2010 2010 Onwards Domestic International
3 0.125 Band 1 $820 Band 1 $820 select program select program

Course Outline

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
Semester 2 Mon 12/08/2019 Sat 31/08/2019 Fri 20/09/2019 Fri 01/11/2019

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Lecture
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
20917 LE01 70 16 30 Jul - 17 Sep Tuesday 3pm - 5pm Helen Mayo Sth, SG20, Hone Lecture Theatre
8 Oct - 29 Oct Tuesday 3pm - 5pm Helen Mayo Sth, SG20, Hone Lecture Theatre
28961 LEC0 20 11 No details available
Note: Online Lecture
Related Class: Tutorial
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
20918 TU01 80 17 1 Aug - 19 Sep Thursday 4pm - 5pm Horace Lamb, 422, Teaching Room
10 Oct - 31 Oct Thursday 4pm - 5pm Horace Lamb, 422, Teaching Room