Contemporary Debates in Moral and Political Philosophy
6 Units of Credit6 UOC
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Human beings are evaluators: we praise and blame, take things to be good and bad, and think of ways that we, and the world we live in, could be better than they currently are. This course examines the nature of value by taking up key topics in contemporary moral and political philosophy. Are values a function of human desires, choices, and affective states – or do they obtain independently of such affective responses and attitudes? Do we create or discover the values that govern our moral and political communities? What are freedom, sovereignty, autonomy and public reason as ethical and political ideals? Are moral and political communities properly restricted to human beings, or should they include non-human animals? Why do we value democratic government and how do we make it work under current social, technological and economic conditions? Do we need to rethink democracy and community if we are to offer viable ethical and political responses to climate change? These are the sorts of questions explored in this advanced course, through focused engagement with key debates in contemporary moral and political philosophy. Precise topics and areas may vary from year to year.
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