PHIL 780 (01) - Special Topics

Special Topics

Durham   Liberal Arts :: Philosophy
Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2024 - Full Term (01/23/2024 - 05/06/2024)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   15  
CRN: 54812
Advanced study of special topics: a problem, figure, or movement in the history of philosophy, or selected issues, thinkers, or developments in contemporary philosophy. Repeatable with permission.
Registration Approval Required. Contact Instructor or Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Repeat Rule: May be repeated up to 4 times.
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course
Instructors: Ruth Sample

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
1/23/2024 5/6/2024 MW 3:40pm - 5:00pm HS 250B
Additional Course Details: 
What is the right thing to do?
The sub-field of Moral Psychology does not attempt to directly address the issue of what right
action is. Rather, it asks this question:
How do people decide what is right or wrong?
Moral Psychology involves investigating the relationship between moral reasons and motivation,
the social function of moral decision-making, the role of emotions and reasons in moral decision-
making, and the psychological ofindividuals who are faced with moral judgements and choices.
raditionally, philosophers from Plato to Hobbes and beyond have emphasized history and
conceptual analysis in their efforts to answer these questions. Why do human beings engage in
the normative practices known as "ethics" or “morality"? What function does morality serve in a
given culture? How should we understand altruistic behavior, and its relationship to egoistic