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This module introduces a distinction between ethics and morals, which it explores in order to shed light on the moral problems encountered with globalization, in particular immigration, which brings the globalized world home to us. It defines ethics as ‘what we think it is appropriate to do’, and sets out to investigate the various elements of this definition by examining action-theory (what it is to do something), value-theory (what it is to consider something appropriate) and political- or community theory (who ‘we’ are). Authors studied include Thomas Aquinas, Hannah Arendt, Jürgen Habermas and Edith Stein. The aim is to discuss how moral philosophy, defined as concerned with what is right or good, can help us address the problems associated with creating a common world for contemporary, pluralist societies.