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Spring 2015-2016
CHV 332 / PHI 347 (EM)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Ethics and Pathologies of Attachment

Monique L. Wonderly

This course will examine issues at the intersection of emotional attachment, ethics and agency theory. In particular, we will consider whether and how disordered attachment orientations might bear on questions concerning the moral agency and ethical treatment of members of certain clinical populations, including psychopaths and those who suffer from (certain forms of) addiction. In exploring these issues, we will engage with recent literature on moral responsibility, autonomous agency, and bioethical approaches to understanding the nature and treatment of the aforementioned pathologies.

Sample reading list:
Mario Mikulincer and Phillip Shaver, Attachment in Adulthood: Structure, Dynamics, and Change
Gary Watson, Agency and Answerability: Selected Essays
David Shoemaker, Responsibility from the Margins
Neil Levy, Addiction and Self-Control: Perspectives from Philosophy
Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (ed.), Moral Psychology: The Neuroscience of Morality
Thomas Schramme, Being Amoral: Psychopathy and Moral Incapacity

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 60-90 pages of reading per week; two short midterm papers; a final term paper (in lieu of a final exam).

Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Papers - 35%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Other (See Instructor) - 10%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43587 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th   Ivy Lane, 5   106   Enrolled:14 Limit:16