1 x 2-hour seminar weekly
9 units of topics
Enrolment not permitted
PHIL2110 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
Familiarity with the kind of knowledge, conceptual understanding and skill such as can be obtained by completion of at least 9 units of second year undergraduate level topics from the Philosophy major.
Assignment(s), Examination, Participation
Topic description

This topic will examine a range of current issues and questions moral philosophy, including but not limited to: whether or not moral judgments are true; the nature of moral motivation; the role of character or virtue in ethics; and our moral relations with other animals.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Introduce students to key issues in contemporary moral philosophy with a specific focus on issues in meta-ethics and moral psychology
  • Introduce students to some key historical texts in moral philosophy relevant for to the issues noted above
  • Help students improve their reasoning skills by helping them to make careful distinctions between issues and pay very close attention to arguments
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Assess central issues in meta-ethics and moral psychology
  2. Determine ways of dealing with the central issues in meta-ethics and moral psychology
  3. Discuss classic texts in ways which reflect a familiarity with them
  4. Explain their capacity to critically read and use reasoning skills, both in verbal form and in writing

Key dates and timetable

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