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Teaching Philosophy

Volume 32, Issue 1, March 2009

J. Carl Ficarrotta
Pages 53-68

How to Teach a Bad Ethics Course

Moral experience may be parsed at different levels of abstraction. We might work variously at the level of meta-ethical reflection; normative ethics; the principles, doctrines, and character traits of everyday morality; or the sometimes simple, sometimes messy, business of actual moral judgment. We should strive to be clear with our students (and ourselves) about the differences between these levels and the hazards of crudely conflating them.

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