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PHIL338 Ethical Theory

Philosophical ideals of the human good, and their role in morality, politics, applied ethics, and literature.

In this paper, you will learn a lot about individual well-being. In particular, you will work out the best answer you can give to questions such as: What is the life of well-being? What does it take to get such a life? Is such a life many sorts of things, or is it just one? For instance, is it only what feels good inside, or are connections to others and to our wider world also essential?

Paper title Ethical Theory
Paper code PHIL338
Subject Philosophy
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Prerequisite
One 200-level PHIL paper
Restriction
PHIL 311, PHIL 413
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact
andrew.moore@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor and Lecturer: Associate Professor Andrew Moore
Paper Structure
We first examine the core question that the paper will seek to answer, then consider several different ways of understanding the range of promising answers. Through a range of methods, and drawing on both philosophical work and related work from the sciences and other modes of inquiry, we then pursue more in-depth, critical examination of some of the leading answers to the question of what it is for one's life to go well.

Assessment:
  • Short, encyclopaedia-style essay of up to 1,200 words 20%
  • Class presentation (15 minutes total) 20%
  • Research essay of up to 3,500 words 60%
Teaching Arrangements
Two 1.5-hour classes per week

The classes mix more formal lecture components with less formal seminar components.
Textbooks
  1. All students will receive a free PHIL 338 Coursebook
  2. Guy Fletcher, The Philosophy of Well-Being: an introduction (Routledge, 2016)
  3. Guy Fletcher (ed.), Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Well-Being (Routledge, 2016)
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will develop
  1. Understanding of the main ethical-theoretic issues and views about well-being, demonstrated in a short essay
  2. Understanding and skill in philosophical assessment of a major theory of well-being (or another agreed well-being topic), demonstrated in a research essay
  3. Skill in generating, presenting and responding to philosophical ideas about well-being, demonstrated in a presentation to the class

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Tuesday 11:00-12:50 9-15, 18-22
Thursday 09:00-10:50 9-15, 17-22

Philosophical ideals of the human good, and their role in morality, politics, applied ethics, and literature.

In this paper, you will learn a lot about individual well-being. In particular, you will work out the best answer you can give to questions such as: What is the the good life for an individual? What is the basis or underpinning of such a life? Are there many sorts of good lives, or is there only one? For instance, is the good life for an individual just what feels good inside to that individual, or are connections to others and to our wider world also essential?

Paper title Ethical Theory
Paper code PHIL338
Subject Philosophy
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $868.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,656.70

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Prerequisite
One 200-level PHIL paper
Restriction
PHIL 311, PHIL 413
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact
andrew.moore@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor and Lecturer: Associate Professor Andrew Moore
Paper Structure
We first examine the core question the paper will seek to answer, then consider several different ways of understanding the range of promising answers. Through a range of methods, and drawing on both philosophical work and related work from the sciences and other modes of inquiry, we then pursue in-depth, critical examination of some leading answers to the question of what it is for one's life to go well. Assessment: Short, encyclopaedia-style essay of up to 1,200 words (20%), Class presentation (15 minutes total) (20%), Research essay of up to 3,500 words (60%).
Teaching Arrangements
One 1-hour class and one 2-hour class per week. The classes mix more formal lecture components with less formal seminar components.
Textbooks
All students will receive a free PHIL 338 Coursebook.

Texts: Guy Fletcher, The Philosophy of Well-Being: an introduction (Routledge, 2016); and Guy Fletcher (ed.), Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Well-Being (Routledge, 2016).
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will develop: understanding of the main issues and views in the philosophy of well-being, demonstrated in a short essay; understanding and skill in philosophical assessment of a major theory of well-being (or another agreed well-being topic), demonstrated in a research essay; skill in generating, presenting and responding to philosophical ideas about well-being, demonstrated in a presentation to the class.

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Wednesday 09:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 15:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41