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Happiness, Goodness and Justice - PHL132

This unit provides an introduction to major topics in ethics, moral theory and contemporary political philosophy. The first section focuses on the nature of happiness. Is pleasure essential to happiness? Or does the pursuit of pleasure harm our chances of lasting fulfilment? Must we be virtuous in order to be happy? What is the relationship between happiness and duty? The second section explores the nature of moral goodness. Is morality based ultimately in self-interest? What is the relationship between morality and religion? Are there moral principles that everyone is bound by reason to recognise? Or is the validity of moral standards relative to specific societies and cultures? In the third section we turn to questions of applied political philosophy, focusing on questions such as: What principles should govern the distribution of economic and social resources within a society? What are the obligations of wealthy nations to those less fortunate, including immigrants and refugees? And what issues of justice are raised by climate change?

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

S2 Day - Session 2, North Ryde, Day

S2 Online - Session 2, Online

S3 Online - Session 3, Online

Staff Contact(s): Associate Professor Robert Sinnerbrink
Prerequisites:

 

Corequisites:

NCCW(s): PHIL132, PHI110, PHIX132
Unit Designation(s):
Unit Type: People unit
Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Philosophy

Faculty of Arts

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