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King’s College London
University of London
This paper is part of an examination of the College
counting
towards
the
award
of
a
degree.
E x a m i n a t i o n s a r e g o v e r n e d b y t h e C o l l e g e Re g u l a t i o n s
under the authority of the Academic Board.
BSc/BA/BEng EXAMINATION
5AANA005
Ethics II: History of Ethical Philosophy
Period 2 (Summer) 2012
TIME ALLOWED: TWO HOURS
ANSWER TWO QUESTIONS
NB Candidates should avoid overlap in their answers
DO NOT REMOVE THIS EXAM PAPER FROM THE
EXAMINATION ROOM
TURN OVER WHEN INSTRUCTED
2012 © King’s College London
5AANA005
1.
Does Shaftesbury’s distinction between private and public
interests provide compelling support for his moral theory?
2.
Is it plausible that there is a moral sense? Defend your answer with
reference to TWO of the philosophers discussed in the course.
3.
‘Mandeville’s account of the source of our moral reactions and
values is implausibly simplistic’. Critically evaluate this claim with
reference to both Mandeville and ONE other philosopher discussed
in the course.
4.
Outline and evaluate Butler’s account of conscience.
5.
Critically discuss the topic of eternal moral truths with reference
to at least TWO of the philosophers discussed in the course.
6.
What is Hume’s conception of blame, and is it defensible?
7.
Assess Hume’s conception of sympathy and its role in morality.
8.
Explain and assess Hume’s view of practical reason.
9.
Explain and evaluate Hume's theory of artificial virtue.
10. ‘Vice and virtue, therefore, may be compar’d to sounds, colours,
heat and cold, which, according to modern philosophy, are not
qualities in objects, but perceptions in the mind ...’ (Hume).
Discuss.
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