ONLINE: What goes through your mind when you are trying to do "what's right”? How can you tell when “justice has been served”? What makes a “good citizen”? In this discussion-based course, we are concerned with how we reason when we decide which course of action we can justify morally. Philosophers through the ages have proposed a variety of methods to account for moral value, such as utilitarian, duty-based, social contract and virtue-based methods. We will read Harvard philosopher Michael Sandel's book “Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?," covering one of its 10 chapters each week. Sandel's book is accessible, filled with case studies and examples, and genuinely fun to read. Students can expect to become more discerning about the complexity of moral reasoning and know what questions to raise when approaching difficult issues. | Facilitated discussion.
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Richard Prust (Ph.D., Duke, 1970) is a professor of philosophy, emeritus, at St. Andrews University. His areas of concentration include philosophy of law and 20th-century European philosophy. Prust is co-author of "Personal Identity in Moral and Legal Reasoning." He is currently writing a book, "Personal Meaning," that distinguishes the meaning we give to our own actions, meaning that gets missed by social and behavioral scientists who objectify behavior.