Applied Ethics


We will be spending most of this term considering a number of problems in applied ethics, including suicide, abortion, euthanasia and poverty. Applied ethics is a matter of employing ethical theories in the attempt to solve real life problems. It does this by applying normative principles to existing cases or problems.

Some of the main areas in which the application of ethical theory has been important include law and criminal justice, medical ethics and bioscience, environmental ethics, human and animal rights and war. Ethical theories have also been extensively applied to business, management and marketing.

As the course progresses we will see that subtle difference between normative or meta-ethical theories can have significant implications when it comes to applying principles derived from ethical theorising.


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