Dr. Kyoo Lee, LaGrange College, GA, USA
Moral Philosophy
Kyoo Lee
Humanities II
Moral Philosophy
Postmodernism and its Background

Course Reading Schedule (Short Version)

Good and Bad in Philosophy Essays - Ronald Hepburn's Guide
Useful and Detailed Hints for Beginners on Writing Philosophy Essays - Bill Tarrant's Guide
Philosophy Writing Guide - Emily Brady-Haapala's Guide

W01-2 (Jn1) How to Think/Write Philosophically About Morality

Recommended reading: "A Field Guide to Critical Thinking" - topical and useful - link recommended by Dr. David Barrett, LaGrange College 

W02-1 (Jn2) What's Wrong with Ethical Relativism?

W02-2 (Jn3) What/Who is the Ethical Agent? Dostoevsky's Mouse

Recommended reading: "Treading new ethical ground, scientists put a bit of man into a mouse."
Recommended reading: Cocoon of Self-interests and iPod Islands: "iPod People walk down the street in their own MP3 cocoon, deaf to small cues, shutting out those not in their bubble. Is this a proper society? Andrew Sullivan wonders..."

W03-1 (Jn4) How/When does a Question Become Ethical? Re Anna Julia Cooper

W03-1: Story-teller Donald Davis will come and kindly tell us a story today, Feb 22nd, 2005, which may leave us no time to read Cooper in class. You must, however, do the scheduled reading and study on your own, regardless; I encourage you to try and write the journal too. This is most likely a rare chance for you to have some exposure to Cooper's work and her important contribution to early Black feminist movement in US history. 

W03-2 (Jn5) Plato: Rationalist Ethics

W04-1 (Jn6) Aristotle: Virtue Ethics

W05-1 (Jn7) Kant: Pure Ethics

W06-1 (Jn8 and 9) Mill: Utilitarianism

W07-1 (Jn10) Overview: Three Ethical Theories

W08-2 Egoism

W10-1 (Jn11) Hsün Tzu on the Ethical Disciplining of Evil

Required Supplementary Readings: 
1. brief and informative introduction to the ethical philosophy of Hsun Tzu; slightly longer with more philosophical analysis added; more theoretical statements about Hsun Tzu's rationalism
2. excerpts from other essays by Hsun Tzu

W10-2 (Jn12-13) Badiou on Truth as Ethics

Useful summary guide to Badiou, Ethics: An Essay On the Understanding of Evil (London: Verso, 2001): "Truth is linked to the event. The event inscribes itself into a void in the situation, and it is something that cannot be objectified according to the knowledge of the situation. It is something both singular and universal. Truth is then what comes about through the subject's fidelity to the event. Here we should note that for Badiou the subject is not a particular given subject, but is rather constituted by the process of truth, that is, the process of the subject's fidelity to the truth-event. Badiou's ethic, then, concerns the subject's fidelity to the process of truth, which in turn involves fidelity to the event. Truth constitutes a radical break with the situation and with what is here and now, that is, it cannot be communicated in the situation. Badiou gives the following examples of political event: The French Revolution, the Russian Revolution in 1917, the Chinese Cultural Revolution, and May 1968." 

W11-1 (Jn14-15) Badiou and Levinas on Evil

W14-1 (Jn 20) Free Topic/Discussion