History of Ethics (PHIL2612)


The nature of duty and the good: how we ought to live and what is valuable in life. A selective survey of Western normative ethical theory, covering philosophers such as Aristotle, Hume, Kant and Mill.

Further unit of study information


2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


2x500wd text analysis exercises (20%), 1x1500wd Essay (40%), 1x2hr exam (40%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

12 Junior credit points in Philosophy


PHIL3512 or PHIL2512

Study this unit outside a degree

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Cross-institutional study

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