Distance Learning Programmes in Humanities

Philosophy & Ethics


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Philosophy and ethics aims to look into the human problems related to existence, knowledge and moral values that govern a person's behaviour. These problems are considered based on rational argumentation using systematic approaches. Philosophy strives to acquire knowledge by rational means about the issues that are difficult for empirical investigations. This study field has three main sub-fields: natural philosophy, moral philosophy and metaphysical philosophy.

Philosophy degrees cover many other branches including epistemology, logic, metaphysics, aesthetics, and philosophy of language, philosophy of law, philosophy of mind, philosophy of religion, and philosophy of science.

Ethics is the part of philosophy that analyses fundamental values and systems of moral principles that define good human conduct. The discipline is usually divided into: applied ethics (how people should behave), normative ethics (what moral principles should be used) and meta-ethics (studying the nature of moral facts). Ethics touches real-word contexts and is involved in the right conduct of many professional activities such as medical ethics, environmental ethics and business ethics.

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Suggested Online Programmes Philosophy & Ethics

M.A. European Philosophy

The European Philosophy MA from Manchester Metropolitan University is offered either on campus or online, both as a one year full-time or a two-year part-time programme. Full-time students begin their studies in September, while part-time students can enrol in September or in January. 

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B.A. Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Honours)

Where do social order (and disorder) come from? How can we make ourselves richer, and does society always gain? What does justice mean, how do we define our rights? Politics, philosophy and economics (PPE) – and the ideas and values that inform them – are central to how modern societies are organised and governed. The Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Honours) programme is offered at The Open University UK.

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Postgraduate Diploma Postgraduate Diploma in Systems Thinking in Practice

This diploma course develops your ability to approach and tackle complex, messy problem situations, providing practical tools that will help bring new perspectives and approaches to problem solving. It may well change how you think about a task and situation. This Postgraduate Diploma in Systems Thinking in Practice is offered by The Open University UK.

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