Human beings have been studying ethics for over two thousand years. We do not yet have all the answers. But we do have a few theories that are serious contenders for the correct theory. In this series of seven lectures, made in 2011, I examine four of the most popular ethical theories (Virtue Ethics, Non-Cognitivism, Kantianism (Deontology) and Utilitarianism).
I start, however, by looking at some common beliefs about morality (e.g. it must involves general rules or principles), and by examining the pre-conditions of ethical reasoning.
Each of the seven lectures is available in audio or video.
This series is the basis for OUDCE’s short online course Ethics: an Introduction
Lecture Three: Virtue Ethics: Virtues, Values and Character
Lecture Five: Deontology: Kant, Duty and The Moral Law
Lecture Six: Utilitarianism: Mill and the Utility Calculus
Lecture Seven: Making Up Your Mind