Philosophy 450:  Ethical Theory

Course materials

Final Exam Study Guide

Text of Moore, Principia Ethica, Chpt. 1 (focus on Sections 1-17)

Text of Hume's Treatise of Human Nature (read Book II, Pt. III, Section III, and Book III, Pt. I, Sects. I and II)

Text of Railton, "Moral Realism"

Text of Railton, "Alienation, Consequentialism, and Morality"


Study Questions

--Darwall, Chpts. 1 and 2 in Philosophical Ethics
--Aristotle, Book I
, Book II, Book VI, and Book VII  Nicomachean Ethics
--Mill, Chpts. 1 and 2, Chpts. 3 and 4, and Chpt. 5 of Utilitarianism
--Kant, Preface and First Section, Second Section, and Third Section
--Hume, from A Treatise  
--Moore, from Principia Ethica  
--Mackie, from Ethics: Inventing Right and Wrong  
--Williams, "Internal and External Reasons,"  "A Critique of Utilitarianism," and "Persons, Character, and Morality"

Essay Topics


--Mill or Kant