Here are three pages maintained
by a professor at NYU that should be very helpful to
students new to philosophy:
An overview of the main ethical theories and issues in applied ethics,
with links to some very helpful webpages that explain each one further.
Very useful links relating both to general ethical theory (including
sections on some of the major historical figures) and to various issues
in applied ethics.
on the World Wide Web
Pages of links, with descriptions of each, organized by category.
The strength seems to be in various areas of applied ethics, rather
than more general theory.
Pages of links, organized by category, which are meant to be useful
to people doing research in applied ethics.
- Here are a number of very helpful sites about biomedical
ethics and related areas:
& Virtue Ethics
Digital Library: Nicomachean Ethics
A complete on-line version of the text, with hyperlinks and some
supporting materials (not to mention the original Greek!). Very useful
if you're looking for the location(s) of a particular term - but note
that this is a different translation than our book.
of Virtues and Vices
Just like it says: a chart listing the virtues that Aristotle discusses,
along with the corresponding vices.
Encyclopedia of Philosophy - Aristotle's Ethics
A clear summary of Aristotle's views, with sections on most of the topics
that we cover. A table of contents at the top of the page lets you jump
to a particular section if you'd like.
Encyclopedia of Philosophy - Virtue Ethics
A very helpful discussion of virtue ethics more generally, considering
its historical bases (in Aristotle and others), some present versions,
and possible future directions.
Encyclopedia of Philosophy - Moral Character
An overview of philosophical approaches to the notion of character,
which is at the heart of any virtue-based approach to ethics. The discussion
includes brief presentations of some ancient and modern alternatives
to Aristotle's views, as well as contemporary questions about that notion.
Encyclopedia of Philosophy - Kant's Moral Philosophy
A general explanation of Kant's views on ethics, including some of the
key issues from our readings from the Grounding. (But note
that this page also draws from Kant's other writings on ethics.)
Grounding - A Brief Summary
A very clear and accessible summary of the first 2 sections of the Grounding,
written by a very well-respected philosopher. As the name says, though,
it's brief - so there's not much detail or analysis. A good starting
- Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy - "Original
Position" and "Distributive
Although these entries aren't about Rawls and Nozick exclusively, they
are directly relevant to our class. The entry on the "original
position" discusses our reading from Rawls. The entry on "distributive
justice" explains and examines Rawls's and Nozick's views in relation
to each other and other alternatives.
Please e-mail clearfms[at]whitman[dot]edu
if you find any broken links
or have suggestions for links to add. Thanks!
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