Topics in Practical Philosophy - PHI00019M

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  • Department: Philosophy
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Christian Piller
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module summary

This module will explore cutting edge research in normative ethics on consequentialism, the 'paradox of deontology', and related topics.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2019-20

Module aims

  • To consider some key issues raised by philosophers concerning normative and political theory
  • To encourage students to engage philosophically with the issues and offer their own critical reflections
  • To enhance philosophical skills of argument and debate through seminar discussion and written work

Module learning outcomes

Subject content

  • Topics central in current debates in normative and political theory
  • How the concerns of moral and political philosophy relate to those of other philosophical disciplines
  • How moral and political philosophy applies to contemporary issues in practical ethics


Academic and graduate skills
To improve their philosophical skills of argument and debate through seminar discussion and written work

Other learning outcomes (if applicable)
Reflection on the role and relevance of ethical theory for moral and political thought

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Essay
N/A 100

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Essay
N/A 100

Module feedback

Written feedback will be returned four weeks after submission for summative work and within two weeks for formative work.

Indicative reading

Suggested preliminary reading:

Derek Parfit, On What Matters vol.3. OUP, 2017



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