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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2021-22

PHIL 80.28 Reasons, Value, and Well-Being

Many otherwise divergent moral theories agree that we have reason to create and sustain value (or “the good”).  How should we understand the concept that plays this central role in ethics?  Might there actually be two different concepts that are often called by the same name?  We face many questions about which sorts of things (pleasure, knowledge, virtue, and beauty) have intrinsic or final value.  Well-being plays a central role in theories of value.  What is well-being?  And what distinguishes it from ‘impersonal’ values, if there are any?

This advanced seminar is designed to be a culminating experience for majors in Philosophy, although properly qualified students in other disciplines may also be admitted.


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