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CODE PHI2102

 
TITLE Ethics 3

 
LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 2

 
DEPARTMENT Philosophy

 
DESCRIPTION Ethics 3 focuses specifically on life and death issues. Life and death issues are with us all the time whether one is discussing the morality of war in general or some particular war, or subjects of more intimate concern like suicide, euthanasia, and abortion, many of which find their way into the popular press and the media through famous cases. This unit raises some of these questions and explores the ways in which moral philosophy can help us deal with them, at the same time exploring the limits of moral philosophy. What will be especially noted is the indeterminateness of contemporary moral debate especially on the really hot issues where, as MacIntyre points out, debate tends to degenerate into abusive language, personal attack, and chaos. The question here is, of course, whether things could be otherwise, whether their rational resolution is possible.

Reading List

- Coates, A.J. (1997) The Ethics of War. Manchester University Press.
- Glover, J. (1986) Causing Death and Saving Lives. Harmondsworth: Penguin.
- Klemke, E.D. (1981) The Meaning of Life. Oxford University Press.
- MacIntyre, A. (1981) After Virtue. London: Duckworth.
- Oderberg, D.S. (2000) Applied Ethics. Oxford: Blackwell.
- Singer, P.(1993) Practical Ethics. Cambridge University Press.
- Wain, K. (1995) The Value Crisis. University of Malta Press.
- Walzer M. (1984) Just and Unjust Wars. Harmondsworth: Penguin.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (1 Hour) Yes 100%

 
LECTURER/S Kenneth Wain

 
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