Freedom and Moral Obligation


Are moral obligations limitations on our freedom, or are they, as some philosophers have insisted, the fullest expressions of our freedom? We’ll look at what moral obligations are and how we come to have them at all. We will then ask about the nature of moral motivation by considering altruism: giving to others with nothing expected in return. Finally, we will consider collective moral obligations. When a moral problem, like alleviating global poverty or remedying climate change, is solvable not by individual action, but by coordinated, collective action, does that morally obligate each of us individually? Only open to students in the Focus program. Department consent required. Instructor: Summers

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Curriculum Codes
  • EI
  • W
  • CZ
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  • PHIL 124FS
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Fall Only