IIT Kanpur , Prof.Vineet Sahu

Gandhian Ethics ­ Part 1


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

Course Description

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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