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4. Utilitarianism and Situation Ethics
About this Lecture
In this module, we look at utilitarianism and situation ethics, focusing particularly on (i) the role of utilitarianism in evaluating rules concerning permissible sexual conduct (ii) the importance of agape in situation ethics to promote a loving approach to questions concerning sexual ethics, and (iii) the application of these normative theories to the framework established by traditionalism.
In this course Dr Iain Law (University of Birmingham) takes a look at sexual ethics. In the first module, we introduce the content of traditionalist sexual ethics, before moving on to arguments in favour of, and objections to traditionalism. In the following lectures, we examine utilitarianism and situation ethics, as well as Kant and Kantian ethics. In the sixth module, we look at some of the issues arising from a liberal approach to sexual ethics, and then in the seventh module we discuss the limits of consent. Finally, we look at sexual ethics and the law, and the relationship between laws concerning sexual conduct and the sphere of morality.
Iain Law is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Birmingham. His main interests are in meta-ethics, applied ethics and ethical theory, and he is currently working on papers in moral theory, moral psychology, the philosophy of medicine and applied ethics.
Cite this Lecture
Law, I. (2022, February 08). Sexual Ethics - Utilitarianism and Situation Ethics [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/sexual-ethics/utilitarianism-and-situation-ethics
Law, I. "Sexual Ethics – Utilitarianism and Situation Ethics." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 08 Feb 2022, https://www.massolit.io/courses/sexual-ethics/utilitarianism-and-situation-ethics