Arts

HPA223

Enrolment
Unit Code
Unit Title
HAF202 Sexualities: Histories, Representation, Politics
HAF203 Gender, Sexuality and the Past
(Not Offered 2007)
HAF205 Buffy to Big Brother
HAF215 Contemporary Feminist Thought: Themes, Issues and Conflicts
HAF218 Special Topic in Gender Studies
HPA200 Contemporary Bioethics
HPA201 Philosophy and Literature
(Not Offered 2007)
HPA204 Place and Environment
(Not Offered 2007)
HPA206 Postmodernism
HPA207 Philosophy of Mind
(Not Offered 2007)
HPA208 Metaphysical Puzzles
HPA209 The Meaning of Life
HPA210 Theories of Ethics
HPA212 Professional Ethics
(Not Offered 2007)
HPA213 Philosophy of Science
HPA215 Art, Media and Culture
(Not Offered 2007)
HPA216 Theory of Knowledge
HPA218 Philosophy of Biology
(Not Offered 2007)
HPA219 Buddhist Philosophy
HPA221 Ideas and Faiths
(Not Offered 2007)
HPA222 Aboriginal Philosophy
HPA223 Ethics and the Postmodern Age
(Not Offered 2007)
HPA225 Existentialism and Beyond
(Not Offered 2007)
HPA227 Philosophies of Modernity
(Not Offered 2007)
HPA228 Philosophy of History and Society
HPA233 Self and Subjectivity
(Not Offered 2007)
HPA234 Zen and Tao: East Asian Philosophy
(Not Offered 2007)
HPA242 Law, Society and Morality
HPA256 Philosophy and Cosmology
HPA266 Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
HPA268 Modern Philosophy
HPA270 Sex, Gender and Philosophy
(Not Offered 2007)
HPA271 Philosophy and the Body
HPA274 Science and Religion
HPA276 Indo-Tibetan History, Philosophy and Culture
HPA277 Environmental Ethics
HPA286 The Methods of Philosophy
(Not Offered 2007)
HPA288 Philosophy of Language
HPA289 Political Philosophy
HPA291 Introduction to Logic
HPA292 Logic and Philosophy
(Not Offered 2007)
HPA294 The Logic of Decision
(Not Offered 2007)
HPA296 Affect and the Unconcious
(Not Offered 2007)
HPA297 Buddhism, Ethics and Nonviolence
(Not Offered 2007)
HPE201 The Idea of Europe
(Not Offered 2007)
HPE202 Europe: New and Old
(Not Offered 2007)

2007 HPA223 Ethics and the Postmodern Age

Unit Level: Intermediate

Available as a Student Elective: Yes

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See also   HPA323

OFFERINGS
Not Offered

DESCRIPTION

This unit looks at developments in ethics in response to problems of modernity and postmodernity, specifically, the threats to the authority of moral discourse posed by a pluralist society and moral relativism. Students consider questions such as: "How can I say that my values are better than someone else's?"; "What is the difference between morality and power?"; "How does my life get its meaning?"; "How can a society maintain moral order when it has many different ideas about moral values?"; "How should I live?". The unit builds upon earlier units HPA181 (Introduction to Moral Philosophy) and HPA210/310 (Moral Philosophy). The unit begins with an overview of classical and modern approaches to ethics: Greek virtue ethics and Kantian ethics (with its Christian worldview). Students then consider Nietzsche's criticism of Christian morality as 'ressentiment' and 'anti-life' through his notion of 'will to power' and the idea of ethics as an aesthetic activity directed toward the self. The adequacy of this view is examined, including its more recent form in Foucault's idea of discourse as power. Finally students study Paul Ricour's conception of narrative ethics as a response to the fragmentation of postmodern life. This view promises unity and meaning to one's own life, as well as the life of a society, in the face of the 'death of grand narratives'.

WEIGHT: 12.5%

ASSESSMENT: 2,000 word essay (40%), 3-hour exam (60%)

TEACHING PATTERN: 12 weeks of lectures and 9 weeks of tutorials

REQUISITE INFO
Prereq 100% Arts at 100 level, including 25% 100 level Philosophy

STAFF: Dr Kim Atkins

FEES
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