10 episodes

Although what constitutes justice may vary depending on culture or historical context, all forms of justice are built on a foundation of moral assumptions that include ideas about ethics, fairness and the law. Philosophers have often debated the nature of both morality and justice and their relationship with each other and in this collection we explore some of the most influential ideas on the topics from Kant to Bentham and investigate problems such as can inequalities be justified, provided they are to the benefit of the worst off?

This material forms part of The Open University course A222 Exploring philosophy.

Philosophy: Justice and Morality - Audio The Open University

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Although what constitutes justice may vary depending on culture or historical context, all forms of justice are built on a foundation of moral assumptions that include ideas about ethics, fairness and the law. Philosophers have often debated the nature of both morality and justice and their relationship with each other and in this collection we explore some of the most influential ideas on the topics from Kant to Bentham and investigate problems such as can inequalities be justified, provided they are to the benefit of the worst off?

This material forms part of The Open University course A222 Exploring philosophy.

    Plato on justice and self interest

    Plato on justice and self interest

    A debate on whether citizens follow the law because of their good nature, or because they fear retribution.

    • 17 min
    Transcript -- Plato on justice and self interest

    Transcript -- Plato on justice and self interest

    A debate on whether citizens follow the law because of their good nature, or because they fear retribution.

    Classical and modern utilitarianism

    Classical and modern utilitarianism

    A discussion about the differences between classical and modern utilitarianism.

    • 17 min
    Transcript -- Classical and modern utilitarianism

    Transcript -- Classical and modern utilitarianism

    A discussion about the differences between classical and modern utilitarianism.

    Kant's moral philosophy

    Kant's moral philosophy

    An examination of Kant's teachings on morality.

    • 13 min
    Transcript -- Kant's moral philosophy

    Transcript -- Kant's moral philosophy

    An examination of Kant's teachings on morality.

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