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Normative Ethics Week 1

by: Hannah Kennedy

Normative Ethics Week 1 21001

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These notes cover all in-lecture material on the introduction to normative ethics, the details of the essay assignment, the details of the subsets of normative ethics, the Foot reading, and Foot's ...
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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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