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ENRICH-0046 – Phil/Ethics: In Search of Moral Facts (ENRICH-0046_MORL)

Right or Wrong, Good or Evil? In Search of Moral Facts

Gossip. Public shaming. Lying. Most people consider such actions morally wrong. But what do we mean when we say something is “immoral?” Philosophers have examined this concept for centuries and still we find ourselves at a loss when asked to define it. Join Jeffrey Ogle, lecturer in Philosophy, as he dives deep into four philosophical theories that attempt to define this tricky concept. Start with “ethical non-naturalism,” first posited by G.E. Moore, who used “goodness” as the starting point and came to believe that goodness is an undefinable, non-natural property. Thus, he believed that morality could not be associated with natural properties like human needs, wants and pleasures. The second theory, called “expressivism,” claims that statements involving moral rightness and wrongness are expressions of feeling, revealing our attitudes of approval and disapproval. The third theory, called “error theory” or “fictionalism,” claims that there are no moral facts, that morality is an elaborate fiction; we may hold it in high esteem, but it is a fiction nonetheless. Finally, according to the fourth theory, “naturalism,” there are moral facts and they are natural. These facts may be complex and abstract, but so are the physical laws (e.g. gravity) that underlie the operations of our universe. Ogle navigates these hefty philosophical theories in understandable discussions, helping you to form your own moral philosophy.

Four sessions
Thur., 6:30-8:30 pm, Oct. 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 2017
Location: Room 186, Sturm Hall, DU campus

Jeffrey Ogle is a lecturer at Metropolitan State University of Denver and teaches at Regis University regularly. He specializes in phenomenology and ethics and has published on the nature of the self.
Course Details
Location: DU Main CampusMode of Study: In-personPlaces Left: 24Waitlist Places Left: 10Fee: $175


Days of the WeekStart DateEnd DateTimeVenueInstructor
Thursday12th October 20172nd November 201706:30PM - 08:30PMSturm HallJeffrey Ogle