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Contemporary Moral Issues: Questions of Life and Death


Admission requirements

Toehoorders / à la carte-studenten hebben alleen toegang tot deze cursus met toestemming van de docent.


In this course, we shall discuss a number of contemporary ethical debates on questions of life and death. The course is in two parts. First we shall analyse a number of important moral theories, and discuss a number of abstract questions about death, killing, and human flourishing. This paves the way for the second part of the course in which we shall consider the strengths and weaknesses of philosophical arguments that are (being) put forward in a variety of debates on matters of life and death. Debates included in this course are: capital punishment, killing in war, terrorism, animals, suicide, euthanasia, abortion, and future generations.

Course objectives

Course objectives will be posted on Blackboard by the start of the course.


Monday, 12:00-15:00

See Collegeroosters Wijsbegeerte 2011-2012 , BA Wijsbegeerte (BA Plus-traject of Standaardtraject)
See Timetables Philosophy 2011-2012 , Timetable Undergraduate Courses in English

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

  • Participation during seminar

  • Weekly critical notes on course readings

  • Individual presentations

  • Individual final paper



Reading list

  • Christopher W. Morris, Questions of Life and Death. Readings in Practical Ethics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011).

  • Further course readings will be made available on Blackboard at the start of the course.


Please register for this course on uSis.

Exchange students and Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply.

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Contact information

Drs. M. Verschoor


Specialisation (BA Philosophy): Ethics and Political Science.