Moral Dilemmas in Philosophy and Literature

LIT 250

An introductory course in moral philosophy and literature that first considers moral relativism, moral subjectivism, and moral objectivism before studying the three principal theories of ethics current today: consequentialism, deontology, and virtue ethics. Each of these approaches to ethics presents intuitively plausible accounts of right moral action that nonetheless entail fascinating dilemmas. We investigate some of these dilemmas through reading selected literary works alongside the different moral theories. A further question will therefore accompany our investigations: what is the relationship(s) between literature and moral philosophy in general?
Curriculum Codes
  • EI
  • ALP
  • CZ
Cross-Listed As
  • ETHICS 258
  • GERMAN 250
Typically Offered
Fall and/or Spring