Choose Wisely

Philosophical Confessions

Screen Shot 2015-09-14 at 7.37.30 PMMy new course Choose Wisely is now available. I decided to design this course following expressed interest amongst students registered for my course Fight Conformity and Claim Your Autonomy (previously Four Ethics for Life – https://www.udemy.com/thinking-about-ethics/learn/#/). It seems after taking that course – which expounds four of the most prominent moral philosophical outlooks (Utilitarianism, Kantianism, Ethical Egoism and Virtue Ethics) – students wanted to know what to do with all that knowledge. So, they’d say, “Okay so now I know the Kantian perspective, but is that all there is to it? Do I simply apply the Categorical Imperative?” My answer was usually something like “Exposure to the underpinnings of these moral outlooks is only the start. What you really want to know is how you can acquire practical wisdom, so that you can rely on your faculties and moral sensibilities to respond to the challenges of life in a…

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