martes, 11 de mayo de 2010
Motives and Morality
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Part 1 - Mind Your Motive: Professor Sandel introduces Immanuel Kant, a challenging but influential philosopher. Kant rejects utilitarianism. He argues that each of us has certain fundamental duties and rights that take precedence over maximizing utility. Kant rejects the notion that morality is about calculating consequences. When we act out of duty—doing something simply because it is right—only then do our actions have moral worth.
Part 2 - Supreme Principal of Morality: Immanuel Kant says that insofar as our actions have moral worth, what confers moral worth is our capacity to rise above self-interest and inclination and to act out of duty. Sandel tells the true story of a thirteen-year-old boy who won a spelling bee contest, but then admitted to the judges that he had, in fact, misspelled the final word.
Justice is one of the most popular courses in Harvard’s history, having taught more than 14,000 students over the course of two decades.
In this course, Sandel challenges us with difficult moral dilemmas and asks our opinion about the right thing to do. He then asks us to examine our answers in the light of new scenarios. The results are often surprising, revealing that important moral questions are never black and white.
This course also addresses the hot topics of our day—affirmative action, same-sex marriage, patriotism and rights—and Sandel shows us that we can revisit familiar controversies with a fresh perspective.
Each lecture in this course has two parts as well as related readings and discussion guides.
- The Morality of Murder
- How Much is a Life Worth?
- Redistributive Taxation and Progressive Taxation - Freedom to Choose
- Natural Rights and Giving Them Up
- Avoiding the Draft and Avoiding Parenthood
- Motives and Morality
- Lying and Principles
- What's Fair and Deserved?
- Affirmative Action and Purpose
- The Good Citizen and the Freedom to Choose
- Obligations and Loyalties
- Same Sex Marriage