Consequentialism schedule

Thurs. Sept. 18

1. Consequentialism & utilitarianism—general intro


First moral issue journal entry due Friday, Sept. 19, by 5pm. See “Assignment instructions” on this page for how to do it.


Tues. Sept. 23

Mill, Utilitarianism

1. Chapter 1 and part of Chapter 2: pp. 1-8 (both of the following are the same text, just in different formats)


2. optional: Listen to one or more of the following podcasts about Mill’s Utilitarianism, sometime this week or next week


Thurs. Sept. 25

1. Mill, Utilitarianism (See Tues., Sept. 23 for link)

  • finish chapter 2, pp. 9-12
  • read chapter 4, pp. 16-20


3. Optional:


Tues. Sept. 30

Mill, Utilitarianism (See Tues., Sept. 23 for link)

  • Chapter 5, pp. 20-25


Thurs. Oct. 2

Later consequentialism

1. Timmons, Mark. “Contemporary Utilitarianism.” Moral Theory: An Introduction. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2002. pp. 131-150.


2. Nozick, Robert. “The Experience Machine.” Anarchy, State and Utopia. New York: Basic Books, 1974. pp. 42-45.


Second moral issue journal entry due Friday, Oct. 3, by 5pm.


Tues. Oct. 7

Rule Utilitarianism

1. Brandt, Richard. “Some Merits of One form of Rule Utilitarianism” (in Brandt, Morality, Utilitarianism, and Rights. Cambridge UP, 1992)


Thurs. Oct. 9

In-class exam on moral relativism and consequentialism.



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