Introduction to Ethical Theory


This course is a systematic introduction to ethical theory, including discussion of egoism, utilitarianism, justice, responsibility, the meaning of ethical terms, and relativism.


What you can learn.

  • Read and analyze philosophical texts
  • Reason about philosophical issues
  • Explore the ethical thought of Mill, Kant, Hume, Aristotle, and Plato

About this course:

What is the right thing to do? What makes an action right or wrong? Is there ultimately any right or wrong? Ethical theories attempt to provide systematic answers to these vital questions about the way we live our lives. This course is an introduction to philosophical attempts to address these questions. Discuss views that are skeptical of ethical truth in one way or another, then move on to the views of some of the greatest thinkers in the Western tradition, including John Stuart Mill, Immanuel Kant, David Hume, and Aristotle. Transferable for UC credit.

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