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This subject introduces students to a range of concepts and ideas that have been central in philosophical thinking about ethics, and also explores ways in which these ideas inform everyday thinking and practice. We will look at some historically important approaches to ethics including those of Aristotle, Immanuel Kant, and John Stuart Mill. As well as reflection on some contemporary writing in philosophical ethics and moral psychology, the subject will also involve critical reflection on various specific issues of contemporary ethical importance in society.
This class meets on 5 Saturdays during semester, the exact dates to be determined in the first meeting.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who successfully complete this subject will:
- appreciate some of the main themes of philosophical thinking about ethics;
- have developed their capacity to think clearly, imaginatively and critically about these themes;
- appreciate the bearing of these themes on ethical thinking and practice both in their own personal life and in their professional life.
Last updated: 3 November 2022