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Teaching moral theories is an option: reply to Rob Lawlor
  1. D Benatar
  1. D Benatar, Philosophy Department, University of Cape Town, Private Bag X3, Rondebosch, 7701, South Africa; David.Benatar{at}


In his response to my earlier criticism, Rob Lawlor argues that the benefits I suggest can be derived from teaching moral theories in applied ethics courses can be obtained in other ways. In my reply, I note that because I never claimed the benefits could be obtained only from teaching moral theories, Dr Lawlor’s response fails to refute my earlier argument that some attention to moral theories is an option in applied ethics courses.

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