Philosophy from the Pre-Socratics to the present day, via Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Kant, and others.
Kant: Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals
In this course, Professor Adrian Moore (University of Oxford) explores Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals through eight key questions. In particular, we think about the fundamental difference between the three main strands of moral philosophy (consequentialism, deontology and...
Prof. Adrian Moore
In this course, Professor Susan James (Birkbeck, University of London) discusses Spinoza's Ethics, widely considered to be his magnum opus. In the first module, we think about Spinoza's ontological framework, including his remarkable claim that there is only one substance,...
Prof. Susan James
Birkbeck College, London
Utilitarianism is the belief that the right action is the one that maximises happiness. The philosophy theory has its origins in the hedonism of Aristippus and Epicurus, though reached its most well-known form in the writings of Jeremy Bentham and...
Dr Claire Benn
Van Leer Jerusalem Institute
Nietzsche: On the Genealogy of Morality
Published in 1887, the Genealogy of Morality is the locus classicus of Nietzsche's criticism of contemporary morality and religion. The book is divided into three essays: the first deals with the origins of Christian and contemporary secular morality; the second...
Mr Ben Martin
The Ethics of War
War has always been a feature of human history. It is reviled as one of the great evils of which we are capable as a species, but often also commemorated and recounted as honourable and just. War raises many difficult...
Dr Michael Gibb