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Why do the morally right thing when you have much more to gain by doing evil and know you could get away with it? Should you save five lives even if this requires you to kill someone in exchange for them? Would you lie on the witness stand to protect your guilty mother from life in prison? We will read and discuss responses to these questions that have been presented in both historical and contemporary texts, including those by Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Kant, John Stuart Mill, Bernard Williams, Judith Thomson, Shelly Kagan, and T.M. Scanlon.
|Session||Second Sub Session||Credit Points||15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)|
|Campus||Old Aberdeen||Sustained Study||No|
This course provides a general introduction to moral theory. It is organized around such questions as the following: Why be moral? Do we always have most reason to do what is best? What is the relationship between friendship and morality? We will read and discuss responses to these questions that have been presented in both historical and contemporary texts.
This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.
1st Attempt: One 1500 word essay (50%) and one take-home exam (50%).
Resit: One 1500 word essay (100%)