PHI 5886: Ethics and Literature
Course Description for Ethics and Literature
Ethics and Literature
Prerequisite: Admission to the MA in Practical Philosophy and Applied Ethics OR admission to the Graduate Certificate in Applied Ethics OR permission of the Philosophy Graduate Coordinator. This course explores the ways in which ethical theory and literature inform one another. We will consider how ethical perspectives are illustrated in works of fiction, and whether fiction itself can be a form of moral philosophy. Students should gain an understanding of several moral theories, develop an appreciation of the importance of fictional narrative to ethical life and theory, and of the potential value of moral philosophy to literary criticism.