Topics in Metaphysics and Ethics

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What should and shouldn't you do? What governs your decision-making process and why? Readings and discussions from this course will address these questions along with topics such as ethics and morals. (Image courtesy of Sasquatch I on Flickr. License CC BY.)


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Fall 2014



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Course Description

This is a class about 'ought' and ought—you can think of it as a class in philosophy of language and metaphysics in which the focus is the ethical sphere. Some of the questions that we will broach include: How should we give a semantics for 'ought' generally? Is there anything special about the ethical 'ought'? Is there anything that you ethically ought to do, e.g., give to charity or refrain from stealing?

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Justin Khoo, and Jack Spencer. 24.502 Topics in Metaphysics and Ethics. Fall 2014. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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