COURSE SUMMARY
Course Title: 
Introduction to Western Moral Philosophy
Course Code: 
17PHL511
Year Taught: 
2019
Semester: 
2
Degree: 
Postgraduate (PG)
School: 
School of Engineering
Campus: 
Bengaluru
Coimbatore
Amritapuri

'Introduction to Western Moral Philosophy' is a course offered in the second semester of M.A. Philosophy offered by Amrita Darshanam - International Center for Spiritual Studies , Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

Unit I

Nature and Scope of Ethics: Nature of Ethical Questions, Three Forms of Ethics- Normative Ethics, Meta Ethics and Applied Ethics.

Psychological Basis of Moral Action: Desire, Wish, Will, Character and Conduct, Problem of Responsibility and Freedom of Will, Determinism and Self Determinism.

Unit II

Theory of Virtue: Socrates. Plato: Cardinal Virtues- Concept of Justice and Aristotle: Middle Path. Eudemonism.

Unit III

Theories on Action and Consequence: Hedonism, Psychological Hedonism, Utilitarianism of Bentham and J. S. Mill, Act and Rule Utilitarianism.

Social Contract Theory: Hobbes, Locke and Russo

Unit IV

Theories on Action and Moral Law: Categorical Imperative of Immanuel Kant, Kant’s Maxims of Morality, Action and Self Realisation. Idealism

Theories: of Hegel, F. H. Bradley, T. H. Green and Henry Sedgwick Thorough 

Unit V

Logical Positivism, Emotivism and Meta Ethics: Distinction Between Ethical Cognitivism and Non-Cognitivism, Ethical Naturalism and Non-Naturalism, Naturalistic Fallacy.

Applied Ethics: Bio-Ethics, Business Ethics and Media Ethics.

REFERENCES

  1. Jadunath Sinha.  A Manual of Ethics. London: New Central Book Agency, 2014. English.
  2. William K. Frankena. Ethics. New Delhi: Prentice-Hall of India, 2005. English.
  3. Meckentire. Ethics