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This online course is ideal preparation for students thinking of studying ethics, philosophy, classics, history, or related subjects at university.Online CourseInstant Start!4-6 hours studyAges 16+
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What makes an action ‘right’ or ‘wrong’? Is it related to the amount of pleasure or pain caused, how an action accords with universal laws, or or for reasons stemming from some other, perhaps divine, source? In this course, students will examine some of the major ways philosophers have tried to tackle questions of morality and ethics over the centuries, and will ask whether it is even possible to devise a universal theory of ethics.
The course begins with a look at divine command theory, perhaps the oldest school of ethical thought, which states that what is ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ is purely dependent on what a deity states it to be. It then moves on to discuss utilitarianism and the thought of Jeremy Bentham, who placed pleasure and pain at the heart of moral decisions. We then explore deontology and the thought of Kant, who attempted to find universal laws of morality and ethics, and conclude by asking whether or not such overarching theories of morality are even possible to find and apply. Perhaps, instead, experience of the world and acting upon such experience is what counts.
|Course Pre-requisites||Advanced level of English|
An interest and enthusiasm for critical thinking and philosophical thought!
|Course Level||For students applying/thinking of applying for philosophy-related subjects at university|
|Prior Knowledge||No prior knowledge is required to take this course, just enthusiasm for the subject.|
|Workload||4-6 hours (further independent study is encouraged)|
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