Moral Reasoning and Human Action: The Quest for Judgement
General Catalog Course Title:
Moral Reasoning and Human Action: The Quest for Judgement
Terms Offered:
Spring 2016
Spring 2014
Spring 2013
Fall 2011
Fall 2010
Spring 2010
Course Thread: 
Human Rights
Course Thread: 
Law & Humanities
Bhandari, Rakesh
Klee, Earl

This is an interdisciplinary survey course that seeks to understand how we define justice, evil, and individual responsibility in modern society. In particular we are going to probe carefully how humans reflect on and practice the process of moral reasoning. We will focus on human behavior in extreme situations: war, life and death conflicts, genocide, and mass killing, as well as competing conceptions of human freedom. The course has a distinctive dual purpose. On the one hand we want to encourage the learnning of critical thinking skills. This includes the ability to systematically evaluate information and competing moral claims. Also, it is intended to serve as an exposure to the interdisciplinary approach. That is, how can different perspectives illuminate the same issue? With this in mind the course draws on important work from philosophy, ethics, social psychology, jurisprudential analysis, historical-political accounts, and personal memoirs.

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