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Introduction to Contemporary Ethics

People feel very strongly about moral judgments, whether it is what is right to do for a friend, what is right to do in society, or what is right to do in a global context. Yet for something so important, moral judgments cause much disagreement. Moral philosophy aims to get at the heart of these disagreements, to determine what the ethical life is really like.

Contemporary Ethics

This module will provide you with an introductory but in-depth understanding of the debates in modern moral philosophy. This will include debates in three key areas of ethics:

1. Meta-Ethics: Are moral judgments real? Can they be true or false?

2. Normative Ethics: How do we determine what is right?

3. Applied Ethics: How do we apply our ethical knowledge to real situations?

You will be encouraged to discuss and critically examine philosophical claims, and to recognise good and reasoned arguments. The module will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to do so.


Date: Wednesday 14 October 2015
Time: 19.00-21.00
Duration: 8 weeks


£130 (£120 for university staff and students)


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