From the Greek ‘ethos’, indicating the disposition (or character) to respond in a certain way to a stimulus. In ethics we ask: of all the differing ways humans react to the same stimulus, is one the best and why?


By considering general philosophical questions, such as the meaning of ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, and exploring specific practical questions of what to do in a given situation


Helping us to make judgements about how we should to live our lives, as individuals, members of society, and as beings on a shared planet.

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The Runaway Train

What factors are significant in making moral judgements? Do the consequences of an action matter more or less than the intentions behind it? Is it morally defensible to favour the well-being of those people we are close to over those

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