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Intermediate: Moral Philosophy & Applied Ethics


This course will be an introduction to normative ethics, theories of equality and justice, and topics at the intersection of ethics and economics. The course will begin with an examination of answers to the foundational question of ethics: why should one be moral? After looking at responses to this question we will move into a survey of normative theories of ethics, such as Consequentialism, Deontology, and Virtue Ethics. In our next unit we will look at theories of justice and equality, such as welfarism, the resource approach, and the capability approach. In the final unit of the course we will look at how ethics and normative economics are intertwined, and various ethical analyses of economic criteria, such as Pareto efficiency, Kaldor-Hicks efficiency, and cost-benefit analysis.

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