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Ethics

When you'll study it
Semester 2
CATS points
15
ECTS points
7.5
Level
Level 4
Module lead
Fiona Woollard
Academic year
2021-22

Module overview

We all make moral judgements every day. You might decide not to push into a queue because it would be

unfair. You might think that international companies should not use loopholes to avoid paying taxes. You

might believe that murder is wrong but that it is not permissible for the state to take a murderer’s life in

retribution. But how are we to decide what is right and wrong? Is the right thing to do whatever will bring

about the greatest happiness for everyone concerned? Is it wrong to lie even when doing so won’t have any

bad consequences? And what am I doing when I say, for example, that something is wrong? Am I merely

expressing my own preferences or am I trying to state some objective fact? This module aims to introduce

you to some central topics in philosophical reflection on ethics. It will investigate theories which philosophers

have advanced about how we should act and about the nature of moral judgement.

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