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Ethics

30 Credits

The Ethics course, though structured as an historical survey and focused on the reading of a small number of classic texts, inculcates basic digital literacy and research skills as well as providing an overview of ethical questions and an introduction to the major ethical theories.

Ethics explores ostensibly divergent responses to shared questions, and brings out contrasts between different periods of western history. It also considers the relationship between philosophical and everyday thinking about ethics. Works of Plato, Aristotle, Hume, Kant and Mill receive most attention.

We will consider to what extent the questions of ethics have changed, and how the ostensibly divergent outlooks of different thinkers relate to each other. Students will also link ethical debates with questions about politics, religion and law, and consider the relationship between philosophical and everyday thinking about how to live.

The Ethics course is a first-year course that forms part of either the Philosophy undergraduate major or minor at the College. The College takes a more personal approach to education, teaching students through small group seminars and one-to-one tutorials to ensure the best possible learning environment and academic achievement. Philosophy can be combined either as a major or minor with any of Art History, Creative Writing, Economics, English, History, Law, or Politics and IR at the College.