The Good, the Bad, and the Evil

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Brooklyn

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$315 2 seats left
Start Date:

Mon, Jan 27, 6:30pm - Feb 17, 9:30pm (4 sessions)

68 Jay St
Btwn Water & Front Streets
Brooklyn, New York 11201
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 21 and older
Average Class Size: 14

What you'll learn in this philosophy class:

The Good, the Bad, and the Evil: an Introduction to Moral Philosophy

Why should we be good? What makes an action moral—and how can we know? If an act is moral here and now, is it necessarily moral there and then? Is goodness in some way connected to happiness? And, what constitutes a moral judgment—is it an exercise of reason, or merely an expression of feeling?

In this class, we’ll investigate the nature and scope of morality as it’s been conceived in the western philosophical tradition. We’ll look at four major traditions in moral philosophy, reading both their historical and contemporary advocates: virtue ethics, moral sentimentalism, consequentialism, and deontology. We’ll see what each has to say about questions of normative ethics—that is, how we ought to act. And, we’ll inquire into “meta-ethical” ideas about the grounds and nature of morality itself. Is morality “objective” or merely “relative”? Is morality a feature of nature; or is its existence, in some sense, non-real or ideal? Readings will include works by both classic thinkers, such as Aristotle, David Hume, Adam Smith, John Stuart Mill and Immanuel Kant, and contemporary moral philosophers, such as Alasdair MacIntyre and Christine Korsgaard.

Please Note:

There *is* no physical Brooklyn Institute. We hold our classes all over (thus far) Brooklyn and Manhattan, in alternative spaces ranging from the back rooms of bars to bookstores to spaces in cultural centers, including the Center for Jewish History, the Goethe-Institut, and the Barnard Center for Research on Women. We can (and do) turn any space into a classroom. You will be notified of the exact location when you register for a class.

Instructors will contact students approximately one week prior to the first class with reading assignments and details about the course location.

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Refund Policy
Upon request, we will refund the entire cost of a class up until 1 week before its start date. Students who withdraw after that point but before the first class are entitled to a 75% refund. After the first class: 50%. After the second: 25%. No refunds will be given after the third class.


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Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
6:30pm - 9:30pm Michael Stevenson 4 $315
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Mon, Feb 03 6:30pm - 9:30pm Michael Stevenson
Mon, Feb 10 6:30pm - 9:30pm Michael Stevenson
Mon, Feb 17 6:30pm - 9:30pm Michael Stevenson

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