IIT Kanpur Course , Prof. Vineet Sahu

Lecture 1: Introduction to Ethics - ‘Crito’ A Socratic dialogue

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Ethics by Prof. Vineet Sahu, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Kanpur. For more details on NPTEL visit

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Introduction to Ethical Theories:Consequentialist and Non-consequentialist theories - Hedonism - Utilitarianism - Deontological theories (with reference to Immanuel Kant) - Ethical Rules (with reference to W D Ross) - Situation Ethics - Virtue Ethics;Meta-ethical Theories:Ethical Relativism: Is Anything Wrong at all - Ethical Naturalism - Non-naturalism - Non-cognitive or Nondescripitivist Theories - Intuitionism - Approach to an Adequate Theory; the Moral point of view - Why be Moral;Ethics in the Indian tradition:Dharma- meaning, definition and classification - Theory of Karma - Nishkam Karma - Gandhian Ethics - Pursarthas - Buddhist Ethics - Jaina Ethics;Some Ethical Issues:The Personal life: Family and friends; Sexuality; Virtues - Liberty and Equality: Free Speech; Sexual and Racial Discrimination; Affirmative Action - Justice: Punishment; Economic Justice; World Hunger and International Justice - Environmental Ethics

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