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A Romp Through Ethics for Complete Beginners

In this introduction to ethics, we shall be considering the underpinnings of ethical thought. We shall consider, for example, what it is for an action to be right or wrong, whether we can have moral knowledge and whether freewill is essential to morality. We shall reflect on four key ethical theories (virtue ethics, deontology, non-cognitivism and utilitarianism), looking at both their strengths and their weaknesses. We shall be looking at morality in the context of the individual and the
context of society.

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1 Rules, truths and theories: an introduction to ethical reasoning Part 1 of 7 in Marianne Talbot's "A Romp Through Ethics for Complete Beginners". In this episode we examine moral dilemmas, moral truth and moral knowledge, freewill and determinism. Marianne Talbot 19 May 2011
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2 Freedom, knowledge and society: the preconditions of ethical reasoning Part 2 of 7 in Marianne Talbot's "A Romp Through Ethics for Complete Beginners". In this episode we examine the preconditions of ethical reasoning and make a comparison between the law of the land and the moral law. Marianne Talbot 20 May 2011
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3 Virtue Ethics: virtue, values and character Part 3 of 7 in Marianne Talbot's "A Romp Through Ethics for Complete Beginners". In this episode we will reflect on Aristotle's account of morality and the centrality of the virtues in this account. Marianne Talbot 24 May 2011
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4 Humean Ethics: Non-Cognitivism, the passions and moral motivation Part 4 of 7 in Marianne Talbot's "A Romp Through Ethics for Complete Beginners". In this episode we reflect on Hume's account of morality and his rejection of reason as the source of morality. Marianne Talbot 02 Jun 2011
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5 Deontology: Kant, duty and the moral law Part 5 of 7 in Marianne Talbot's "A Romp Through Ethics for Complete Beginners". In this episode we reflect on Kant's account of morality, including the categorical imperative. Marianne Talbot 03 Jun 2011
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6 Utilitarianism: Mill and the utility calculus Part 6 of 7 in Marianne Talbot's "A Romp Through Ethics for Complete Beginners". A reflection on Mill's account of morality, and the greatest happiness of the greatest number. Marianne Talbot 27 Jun 2011
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7 Making Up Your Mind Part 7 of 7 in Marianne Talbot's "A Romp Through Ethics for Complete Beginners". This final episode is a time to take stock and bring together all the strands we've considered. Marianne Talbot 08 Aug 2011
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8 Further reading and more... So you've finished this series of podcasts. Find out where to go from here... Marianne Talbot 16 Apr 2012
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