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Course Descriptions

Introduction to Plato - Johnson

Natural Law Ethics - Koterski

Introduction to Aristotle - Tress

Introduction to St. Thomas - Davies

Topics in Philosophy of Religion

Hellenistic Philosophy

Medieval Logic (and Metaphysics for Post-Modern Philosophers)

Late Medieval Moral Theories

Intentionality, Cognition and Mental Representation in Medieval Philosophy

Kant I (Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason)


Presocratic Philosophy

Between Kant and Hegel

Kant's Moral Philosophy

Husserl’s Ideas II

Contemporary Responses to Skepticism

Heidegger and the Political

Philosophical Aesthetics

Personal Autonomy

Moral Intentionality

Philosophy of Literature

Contemporary Virtue Ethics

Philosophical Theories of Modernity

Topics in Contemporary Metaphysics: Material Composition and Vagueness

Seminar in Philosophical Education

The Nominalism of John Buridan

Natural Law Ethics


Proseminar in Philosophical Research and Writing

philosophical hermeneutics

Ancient Cosmology

Symbolic Logic - Klima

Heidegger: From Being and Time to the Beitrage

Aquinas: Questions on God

Philosophy of Sex and Gender

Aquinas vs. Buridan on the Soul - Klima

19th Century Philosophy (Baur)

Kuhn and His Critics (Balestra)

medieval exeplarism - cullen

Levinas and Marion


Introduction to Augustine

Virtue Epistemology - Grimm

Responsibility and Blame - Strabbing


Discourse Ethics


Normative Ethical Theories


Kant and German Idealism

The Emotions and Moral Perception

Proseminar in Philosophical Research and Writing

Introduction to Plato



Ancient Psychology


The Mind-Body Problem

Introduction to St. Augustine

Aristotles Nicomachean Ethics - Johnson

Wittgenstein and Later Wittgensteinians - Grimm

Metaphysical Themes in Duns Scotus - Pini

Merleau-Ponty - Whitney

Integration Seminar - Krettek


Dimensions of Political Justice

intentionality - klima

intro to st. thomas aquinas - klima

Hegel's Phenomenology


Seminar - Phil Integration II

PHIL 7662  Moral Intentionality
John J. Drummond
Fall 2010
Tuesdays, 2:00–4:00 pm

By moral intentionality, I mean the directedness of mind to moral phenomena, including our apprehension of what is morally salient in particular situations, our identification of moral goods, our moral appraisals of possible courses of action, our moral judgments regarding actions and agents, and our experience of obligation.  The approach taken in the course will be phenomenological in character.  We shall investigate the structures both of our moral experiences and of things and situations taken in their moral significance.  In particular, we shall investigate the nature of both evaluative and volitional experience, and we shall examine what it is for an object, state of affairs, action, or agent to be experienced as morally good or bad.  While the course will be primarily concerned with developing a phenomenological account of moral intentionality, we shall also investigate the historical background against which this account was developed and the contemporary theories to which this account might be fruitfully compared.

In developing this account, we shall focus our attention on those views that emphasize the role of feelings and emotions in the disclosure of what is morally salient in states of affairs and of what (and who) is morally good.  Such a view has connection to eudaimonistic, axiological, and virtue approaches to ethics.  We shall explore these some of these connections, but we shall also briefly take note of some critiques of these views, especially those that arise out of the view that the notion of the obligatory is prior to that of the good.

The tentative readings for the course include:

    Aristotle, selections from Metaphysics, On Generation and Corruption, On the Soul, On the Movement of Animals, Nicomachean Ethics, Eudemian Ethics, and Rhetoric (any editions)
    Brentano, selections from The Origin of Our Knowledge of Right and Wrong and The Foundation and Construction of Ethics (both on reserve)
    Drummond, “Moral Objectivity: Husserl’s Sentiments of the Understanding”; “Agency, Agents, and (Sometimes) Patients”; “Moral Encounters”; “Aristotelianism and Phenomenology”; “‘Cognitive Impenetrability’ and the Complex Intentionality of the Emotions”;  “Respect as a Moral Emotion”; “Self, Other, and Moral Obligation”; “Value-Predicates and Value-Attributes”; and “Moral Phenomenology and Moral Intentionality” (all on reserve).
    Hume, selections from A Treatise of Human Nature and Enquiry Concerning the Principle of Morals (any editions)
    Husserl, selections from Vorlesungen über Ethik und Wertlehre (1908–1914) and the Kaizo-articles (very rough translations will be provided; it is a plus, but not a requirement, to read German) as well as “Fichte’s Ideal of Humanity (Three Lectures)” (English translation on reserve).
    Kant, selections from Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals, Critique of Pure Practical Reason, and Metaphysics of Morals (any editions)
    Levinas, selections from Totality and Infinity (Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 1969, ISBN: 0820702455)
Mandelbaum, selections from The Phenomenology of Moral Experience (on reserve)
    Scheler, selections from Formalism in Ethics and Non-Formal Theories of Values: A New Attempt toward the Foundation of an Ethical Personalism (Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern University Press, 1973, ISBN: 0810106205)

Note on the texts: the Brentano and Mandelbaum texts are difficult to obtain, and I will put copies of the relevant readings on reserve.  I am doing the same with my articles.  I assume that most will have (or have easy access to) the Aristotle, Hume, and Kant texts.  The Husserl texts will be on reserve and rough translations will be provided of the essential ones.  That leaves Levinas and Scheler.  Some of you might also have one or the other of these, but in case you do not, I have provided the ISBN numbers.  Many of the contemporary texts will be available in electronic form or they will be put on reserve.  I have not ordered books, since you can buy them more cheaply from or  (You’ll get at least one extra meal from bookstore savings that way!)

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