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Module Reading List

PPE First Year Seminar - Semester 2, 2019/20, Semester 2
Dr Jessica Isserow
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Week 1 – Consequentialism – week commencing Jan 28

Bernard Williams: A critique of utilitarianism. In Nigel, Warburton (Ed.), Philosophy : basic readings ISBN: 0415337976 (cased) : £65.00; 0415337984 (pbk.) : £17.99. 2005, 2nd ed.    

Elizabeth Ashford: Utilitarianism, Integrity, and Partiality  

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Week 2 – Deontology – week commencing Feb 04

Judith Jarvis Thomson: The Trolley Problem  

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Week 3 – Libertarianism – week commencing Feb 11

Robert Nozick, Anarchy, state and utopia ISBN: 063119780X (pbk); 0631156801 Part II, Chapter 7 (‘Distributive Justice’) Section I. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva  

Please read pages 149-174 of Nozick

Gerald A. Cohen: Robert Nozick and Wilt Chamberlain: How Patterns Preserve Liberty  

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Week 4 – Free Speech – week commencing Feb 18

Susan J. Brison: The Autonomy Defense of Free Speech  

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Week 5 – Moral Worth – week commencing Feb 25

Kant, Immanuel. First Section: Transition from common rational moral cognition to philosophical moral cognition. In A.W. Wood (Ed.) Groundwork of the metaphysics of morals ISBN: 0521626951 (pbk ; hardcover); 0521622352. New Haven & London: Yale University Press.  Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Nomy Arpaly: Moral Worth  

Jonathan Bennett: The Conscience of Huckleberry Finn  

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Week 6 – Moral Virtue– week commencing Mar 04

Driver, Julia. (2001). 'Chapter 4: A Consequentialist Account of Virtue.' In her Uneasy virtue ISBN: 0521781728. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press    

Please read pages 63-77 of Driver

Rae Langton: Virtues of Resentment

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Week 7 – Moral Imperfection– week commencing Mar 11

Susan Wolf: Moral Saints  

Slote, Michael. (1989). Chapter 4 of Goods and virtues ISBN: 0198244630. Clarendon Paperback.  Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

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Week 8 – Personal Identity, Part 1– week commencing Mar 18

Parfit, Derek. “Chapter 10: What we believe ourselves to be.” In his Reasons and Persons. Oxford University Press, (1984): 199-217.    OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (MAA 22/03/2019) 

Please read pages 199-210 of Parfit Chapter 10

Parfit, Derek. “Chapter 12: Why our identity is not what matters.” In his Reasons and Persons. Oxford University Press, (1984).    OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (MAA 22/03/2019) 

Please read pages 253-266 of Parfit Chapter 12

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Week 9 – Personal Identity, Part 2– week commencing Mar 25

Olson, Eric. “Chapter 4: Was I Ever a Fetus?” In his The human animal : personal identity without psychology ISBN: 0195105060; 0195134230 (pbk). Oxford University Press, (1997): 73-93.    

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Week 10 – Gender– week commencing Apr 29

Sally Haslanger: Gender and Race: (What) Are They? (What) Do We Want Them to Be?

Spelman, Elizabeth. "Chapter 7: Now you see her, now you don't." in her Inessential woman: problems of exclusion in feminist thoughtBeacon Press (1988).  Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

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Week 11 – Race– week commencing May 6

Appiah, Kwame Anthony. “Chapter 2: Illusions of Race.” In his In My Father’s House ISBN: 0413658309, New York, USA: Oxford University Press. (1996) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva .    

Haslanger, Sally. "Chapter 10: A Social Constructivist Analysis of Race." In her Resisting reality : social construction and social critique ISBN: 9780199892624 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780199892631 (hardcover : alk. paper)(2012).

Zack, Naomi. "Chapter 2: The Ordinary Concept of Race." In her Race and mixed race ISBN: 1566390648,Temple University Press (1993) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva .  

This list was last updated on 28/04/2019