Norms and Values - PL806

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
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This module will provide a student with the opportunity to become involved in contemporary philosophical research by means of foundational theories in moral and value theory. Topics to be discussed include the nature of values and moral reasoning, moral realism, anti-realism and scepticism, rights and duties, freedom, justice and sovereignty, legality and legitimacy, beauty and the sublime.


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Contact hours

Total contact hours: 20


This module is compulsory for students studying on the MA in Philosophy.

Method of assessment

Essay (4000 words) - 100%

Indicative reading

Any edition of the following:
Dworkin, R. Taking Rights Seriously;
Hart, H.L.A. The Concept of Law;
Parfit, D. On What Matters;
Rawls, J. A Theory of Justice;
von Wright, G.H. Varieties of Goodness

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

Students will be able to demonstrate comprehensive familiarity with advanced theories in moral and value theory;
Students will be able to demonstrate expanded understanding of core issues in moral and value theory, and its history, and the ability to grapple with these issues.

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