This worksheet accompanies the ‘Moral Vision‘ project and provides additional support for teachers
The material covered in the 'Moral Vision' sheet is complex and tricky. In no small part because Murdoch is responding to traditions in ethics, and to philosophy in general — in particular, Enlightenment philosophy. Furthermore, we don’t expect the student to have read Murdoch’s work in any detail, and what is offered on the worksheet is a tiny sample. As such, it would be unreasonable to expect students to be able to grasp Murdoch’s position either comprehensively or with fidelity. The intention, really, is simply to get the students thinking in ways which may be different to what they’re used to/or expect in philosophy. And to introduce them to women who have interesting and important things to say about topics on the curriculum, but who are not featured. As such, discussions should be exploratory rather than focused on getting things ‘right’, as it were. This worksheet contains some thoughts on what we had in mind with the selections chosen in the worksheet, and with the questions asked. Hopefully this will give you, the teacher, some further insight on the material, and how you might want to help promote, motivate, and steer discussion.