Faculty of Arts

PHIL 726

Ethics 1

Please note: this is archived course information from 2012 for PHIL 726.


Ethical Naturalism is a view normally ascribed to Aristotle and, more recently, to Philippa Foot. It may – or may not – be given support by modern evolutionary theory and primatology. We will examine Foot's attempt to ground ethics (in some sense) in human nature, and recent philosophical (not religious) objections to the idea of doing so. Authors to be studied include, apart from Foot, Michael Thompson, Hursthouse, McDowell and Nussbaum and various articles analysing and/or criticising their views. Prescribed text: Philippa Foot Natural Goodness, OUP 2001. This course is an excluded combination with Phil 754, 2010.

Availability 2012

Semester 1


Coordinator(s) Professor Rosalind Hursthouse


Philippa Foot Natural goodness OUP 2001


PHIL 726: 15.0 points

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