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Philosophy: Justice and Morality: Track 1

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.

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  • Duration 1 hour
  • Updated Monday 13th June 2011
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Philosophy
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Track 1: Plato on justice and self interest

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


© The Open University 2011


Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Plato on justice and self interest    A debate on whether citizens follow the law because of their good nature, or because they fear retribution. Play now Plato on justice and self interest
2 Classical and modern utilitarianism    A discussion about the differences between classical and modern utilitarianism. Play now Classical and modern utilitarianism
3 Kant's moral philosophy    An examination of ------ teachings on morality. Play now Kant's moral philosophy
4 Rawls on distributive justice    Rawls argues that it's fair to create a society that eliminates all forms of bias, including talent. Play now Rawls on distributive justice
5 Nozick on Libertarian theories of justice    Is taxation on par with forced labour? Nozick believes this to be the case. Play now Nozick on Libertarian theories of justice