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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 the 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.
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