Moral Problems and the Good Life OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Undergraduate Social Justice Course

Published Jan 29, 2009

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Learn the theories of social justice in this free OpenCourseWare. 'Moral Problems and the Good Life' is offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and delves into how desire, pleasure and satisfaction objectives of an individual interact with society as a whole and as a social equilibrium. This course has no prerequisites and is ideal for students seeking a degree in Philosophy.

Moral Problems and the Good Life: Course Specifics

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Moral Problems and the Good Life: Course Description

Explore the idea that pleasure, satisfaction and fulfillment of desires lead to happiness, and, in turn, a good life. Students explore different philosophies within the contexts and perspectives of different situations to evaluate practical applications. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)'s School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences in Cambridge, MA, offers this course, which looks at the value of animal liberation, caring for the environment and death in the light of the good life. Students learn about moral theory, how it is logically determined and what options may be available for correcting social inequities among different philosophical perspectives. The course also looks at these issues in marriage, family, sexuality and punishment. MIT Professor Sally Haslanger teaches this course about the pursuit of happiness, morality and ethics, which is ideal for Philosophy students.

Lectures, notes, some assignments and sample exams are available for free online. A list of course readings, some of the materials and additional resources are also accessible. For more information or to take this course, visit the moral problems and the good life course page.

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