This module is a resource for lecturers
The following readings are recommended for students interested in exploring the topics of this Module in more detail, and for lecturers teaching the Module:
- Blackburn, Simon (2009). Ethics: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press. » A readable and short introduction to different topics, including his views on threats to ethics, a discussion on ideas like pleasure and happiness as well as some foundational ethical ideas, for example Kant's categorical imperative.
- Blackburn, Simon (2016). What Do We Really Know? London: Quercus. » A continued exploration of ethics; important chapters within the context of this Module are Chapter 7, "Is there such a thing as society?" and Chapter 10, "Why be good?"
- Fukuyama, Francis (1996). Trust: the Social Virtues and the Creation of Prosperity. New York: Free Press Paperbacks.
- Handy, Charles (1995). The Empty Raincoat: Making Sense of the Future. Arrow Business Books. » Ways to make sense of discussions about the future.
- McIntosh, Malcolm (2018). In Search of the Good Society. Abingdon: Routledge. » Practical advice from a corporate responsibility perspective.
- Norman, Richard (1998). The Moral Philosophers. Oxford: Oxford University Press. » An extremely accessible overview of both ancient and modern moral philosophers. Final chapter, "The ethical world", especially recommended.
- Rachels, James (2014). The Elements of Moral Philosophy, 8 th edition. McGraw-Hill. » Explores justice and fairness in more detail, and also writes about the moral community. See especially Chapter 13.5, "The moral community" and Chapter 13.6, "Justice and fairness".
- Rawls, John (1971). A Theory of Justice. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. » Challenging but important.
- Sandel, Michael (2010). Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do? New York: Penguin.
- Sandel, Michael (2004). Liberalism and the Limits of Justice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. » Sandel's books provide an important contribution to our understanding of justice. For a more accessible contribution, his TED talk is available online.
- Williams, Bernard (2006). Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy. Abingdon: Taylor & Francis. » Some challenging philosophical arguments.