This course investigates advanced topics in value theory, with a focus on ‘second-order’ questions about the nature and significance of our evaluative practices: What do our evaluative expressions mean? What, if anything, makes these expressions true?
How do moral values motivate? Is it irrational to be amoral? What are the similarities and differences between the domains of art, ethics, politics, and science? Key texts from the twentieth and twenty-first century are explored and set in context with ethical thinkers of the more distant past.
Relationships between ‘second order’ and ‘first-order’ ethical questions are considered.
* To study Advanced Ethics students are required to have successfully completed courses in Ethics; Logic and Metaphysics.
The following degrees contain this course: