Virtue Ethics

Department of Philosophy, School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion

College of Arts and Law


Code 22673

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 20

Semester 2

Other pre-requisites 60 credits of philosophy

Module description

This module will focus on one approach to normative ethics: virtue ethics. The module will introduce students to criticisms of other major forms of normative theory, specifically deontology and utilitarianism. In response to such criticisms the emergence of virtue ethics as an alternative moral theory will be considered. Its roots in the Greek philosophies of Plato and Aristotle will be traced and its possible advantages over rival ethical theories assessed. The module will look at three virtue ethicists in more detail ¿ E. Anscombe, P. Foot and I. Murdoch ¿ and will also examine criticisms of virtue ethics.