117: A History of Ethics

Ethical conduct lies at the heart of each person’s relationship with the society in which he/she lives. But how have we come to understand what is the ‘right’ thing to do? From Ancient Greece through to our post-Modern present this question has been examined by some of the greatest thinkers in Western culture.

This course with Cliff Gillam will survey the major themes of thinking about ethics from Socrates through to Michel Foucault, giving participants an understanding of the different ways moral philosophers have sought to define what is ‘good’ – and why it matters to have a definition.

The course is for serious thinkers and will involve some intensive discussion after an introductory lecture by Cliff each day.

Course Code: 117

Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm

Dates: Monday 10th – Friday 14th Jan

Cost: $250

Suitable For: Advanced thinkers

Ages: 18+

Renata Wright

Cliff Gillam

Cliff Gillam holds Masters degrees from UWA and Monash, and spent the first eight years of his professional life lecturing at UWA in English literature.

After a further eight years working as a theatre professional, he commenced a career in public service, retiring as a senior executive in 2017. His retirement from full time work has allowed him to return to deeper study in the field of moral philosophy, which has remained a key interest since his undergraduate classes with Professor Stuart Graves.