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PHIL1444
Module Reading List

PPE First Year Seminar - Semester 2, 2021/22, Semester 2
Dr Jessica Isserow
j.m.isserow@leeds.ac.uk
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Week 1 – Consequentialism – week commencing Jan 24

Required reading

Bernard Williams: A critique of utilitarianism. In Nigel, Warburton (Ed.), Philosophy : basic readings. 2005, 2nd ed.      

Elizabeth Ashford: Utilitarianism, Integrity, and Partiality 

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Week 2 – Deontology – week commencing Jan 31

Required reading

Judith Jarvis Thomson: The Trolley Problem  

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Week 3 – Libertarianism – week commencing Feb 07

Required reading

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

* Please read pages 149-164 and pages169-173 of Nozick * 

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

Optional reading

Jonathan Wolff, Chapter 4: 'The Entitlement Theory of Justice'. In his Robert Nozick: Property, Justice and the Minimal State.       

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Week 4 – Free Speech – week commencing Feb 14

Required reading

Abigail Levin: Pornography, Hate Speech, and Their Challenge to Dworkin's Egalitarian Liberalism 

Optional reading

Dworkin, Ronald. (1996). 'Mckinnon's words' (pages 227-239 of 'Part II Freedom, Conscience, and Sex') in his Freedom's Law: The Moral Reading of the American Constitution   Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

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Week 5 – Moral Virtue – week commencing Feb 21

Required reading

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

* Please read pages 63-77 of Driver *

Rae Langton: Virtues of Resentment  

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Week 6 – Moral Imperfection– week commencing Feb 28

Required reading

Susan Wolf: Moral Saints  

Optional reading

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

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Week 7 -- Situationism -- week commencing Mar 7

Required Reading

Sreenivasan, Gopal. 2013. The situationist critique of virtue ethics. In Russel, Daniel C. (Ed.), The Cambridge companion to virtue ethics, pp.290-314.    

Optional reading

Harman, Gilbert. (2000) 'The Nonexistence of Character Traits'.

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Week 8 – Implicit Bias – week commencing Mar 14

Required reading

Washington, Natalia & Kelly, Daniel. (2016). 'Who’s responsible for this? Moral responsibility, externalism and knowledge about implicit bias.' In M. Brownstein, & J. Saul (Eds.), Implicit bias and philosophy, volume 2. Oxford University Press.       

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Week 9 – Personal Identity, Part 1– week commencing Mar 21

Required reading

Parfit, Derek. “Chapter 10: What we believe ourselves to be.” In his Reasons and Persons        

* 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        

* Please read pages 253-266 of Parfit Chapter 12 *

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Week 10 – Personal Identity, Part 2 –week commencing Apr 25

Required reading

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

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Week 11 –The Metaphysics of Race–week commencing May 2

Required reading

 Ney, Alyssa. “Chapter 10: The Metaphysics of Race”. In her Metaphysics: An Introduction. London: Routledge (2014).

This list was last updated on 03/03/2022