Below is a playlist of my ethical theory videos that were made for an online class. Some of the presentations are in front of a web cam, which make them a little dry, but the later videos are taken from classroom lectures and although a bit longer are also much more animated and lively. If you want to go directly to a particular ethical theory you can navigate through the column on the right hand side of the page or type it into the search box. I will list the order of the video lectures below the video box and you can click on any theory you are interested in to take you directly to that page.
The videos start with a debate between a deontological and a teleological ethical point of view. I am defending a Kantian type of duty based ethics versus a Utilitarian/Consequentialist ends based ethic. The next video is a personal introduction to my online students. The following video is an introduction to ethics and an outline of the theories to come and how they are evaluated in Timmon’s book, “Conduct and Character.” Then I cover nine different Ethical theories and finish with a brief talk on Christian Ethics. Each ethical theory is first explained as objectively as I am able. I simply state what it is, it’s major themes and how it works. Then I critique each theory, giving a list of pros and cons. Finally I give my personal opinion of each theory. Each theory takes between two to six ten minute clips to cover. I hope you find them helpful.
Let me add a quick qualifier for those of you who do not know me and are not familiar with my teaching style. I like to teach in what I like to call, “first person.” What I mean by this is that I will try and present each Ethical Theory from the point of view of that theory, or the proponents of the theory. When I teach Egoism, I’ll try and convince you that Egoism is the best Ethical Theory and the right way to live, when I lecture on Divine Command Theory, I’ll present it as a Divine Command Theorist who believes God’s will is the ultimate moral guideline, etc. For those of you not used to this type of teaching style it may appear as though I’m schizophrenic or have multiple personality disorder. Although this may be the case, the intention of teaching ethics this way is so that you don’t get a skewed version of each theory. I believe teaching Egoism as an egoist will give you a much better understanding of the theory than if I teach it as, a “Christian” view of Egoism. I will conclude each theory with my personal opinion, but not until each theory has been presented and critiqued in its own light.
List of Ethics Videos
Virtue Ethics (Aristotle’s Perfectionism and the Golden Mean)
Existential Ethics (Pluralism and Particularism or Postmodern Ethics)