Normative Ethics Week 1
Normative Ethics Week 1 21001
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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Hannah Kennedy on Saturday February 27, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to 21001 at Kent State University taught by Devon M. Hawkins in Summer 2015. Since its upload, it has received 16 views. For similar materials see Intro to Ethics in PHIL-Philosophy at Kent State University.
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Date Created: 02/27/16
Copyright ©: Hannah Kennedy, Kent State University 1 1. Essay: due Monday of week 9 a. No quoting, no sources, all our ideas b. 500750 words 2. Normative ethics = ethical theory = theories of right action; concerned with the content of morality a. Content of morality i. What things/characteristics make actions right/wrong (moral), good/bad 1. Are the boundaries between right and wrong stable? (Clear cut?) a. i.e. a lot of gray area ii. What subject matters are worthy of moral consideration? 1. i.e. is liking coffee a moral subject matter? iii. Consider whether or not we can have ultimate moral principles (universal) b. What makes an action moral? i. Intention = motive behind the action ii. Consequences = outcome of the action 1. i.e. Mill was a consequentialist iii. Action itself = how I perform the action c. Is there an ultimate moral principle or not (answer will often be yes or no) 3. General Moral Theories Moral theory Based on… Philosopher(s) Other info Moral realism Morality Plato Deontological Intention based Kant these are rules and rights based the only thing that matters is that I intended to follow the rule (motive) Consequentialism Consequences Mill, Smart the consequence of an (utilitarians) action carries moral worth Virtue ethics Good character Aristotle, Foot places worth in intention, action, and outcome
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