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Lecture 9

PHILOS 2YY3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 9: Normative Ethics, Descriptive Ethics, Emmanuel Levinas


Department
Philosophy
Course Code
PHILOS 2YY3
Professor
Jeffrey D
Lecture
9

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Week 5: Consequentialism and Utilitarianism – Lecture #10
February 8, 2016 PHILOS 2YY3 C01 Dr. J. D’Souza
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This Week's Plan
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#$%
oNormave ethics!&!
!!!
'!!
(()
*((((
What Normave Ethics is NOT
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((
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oDescripve ethics
!
.
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!
Some Examples of Descripve Ethical Theories
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((!
(innite ethical responsibility( '!
!!0!0!11
!!2!
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o+!*!!
o,%!!!!
/4%Moral Understanding,  5!+
(/6! /(
!7
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Both of these theories are ethical theories, but descripve, and not normave
Normave Ethical Theories are Prescripve
What disnguishes normave ethical theories from descripve ethical theories is that only the
former are said to be prescripve
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Depth: How far should a normave ethical theory go in terms of suggesng how you ought to act?
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