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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 PHIL413
Subject Philosophy
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,142.40
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,661.93

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36 PHIL points at 200-level or above
PHIL 311, PHIL 338
Teaching staff
Convenor and Lecturer: Associate Professor Andrew Moore
Paper Structure

We first clarify 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.

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.
All students will receive a free PHIL 413 Coursebook. The texts are: 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).
Course outline
Available on Blackboard.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation.
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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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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 10:00-10:50 9-12, 18-22
Thursday 14:00-15:50 9-12, 18-22