Course Code
PHIL 0150
Course Type
Subject Credit
Course Availability

This course examines a variety of normative ethical theories including varieties of consequentialism, virtue ethics and contractualism, together with related concepts including happiness, well-being, rights and equality. Alongside these theories, there will be a chance to study debates in applied ethics, including medical ethics. Part of the course is also devoted to metaethical issues, including debates about the nature of moral properties, whether moral claims are true or false and how, if at all, it is possible to acquire moral knowledge.   

Sample reading:

Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics

David Hume, An Enquiry concerning the Principles of Morals

Immanuel Kant, Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals

Alasdair MacIntyre, After Virtue (London: Duckworth, 1981)

J.L. Mackie, Ethics: Inventing Right and Wrong (Penguin, 1973)

J.S. Mill, Utilitarianism

Peter Singer, Practical Ethics (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1979)