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.
Advanced (18+ years)View list of Student Requirements for this course
Cliff Gillam holds Masters degrees from University of WA and Monash University, 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. He currently does consulting work and presents senior leadership programs for the Department of Education. 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.