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Contemporary Ethics (NCHPH724)

20 Credits

The Contemporary Ethics course investigates the recent ethics literature, with a focus on ‘second-order’ questions about the nature and significance of our ethical practices: What do our ethical expressions mean? What, if anything, makes these expressions true?  How do moral values motivate?  Is it irrational to be amoral?  What are the similarities and differences between the domains of ethics and science?

Key texts from the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries are explored and set in context with ethical thinkers of the more distant past.  Relationships between ‘second-order’ and ‘first-order’ ethical questions are considered.

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