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Dr Liezl van Zyl

Graduate Student Adviser (Philosophy), Senior Lecturer

Qualifications: BA(Hons,) MA, DPhil Stellenbosch

School of Social Sciences



Ethical theory; applied ethics; political philosophy; aesthetics.

Research Interests

My research is mainly in Normative theory (in particular virtue ethics, right action, and moral luck), and Applied ethics (surrogate motherhood, euthanasia and justice in the distribution of health care).

Recent Publications

  • Walker, R., & Van Zyl, L. (2016). Altruism and generosity in surrogate motherhood. In T. Dare, & M. Grix (Eds.), Contemporary Issues in Applied and Professional Ethics (Research in Ethical Issues in Organisations) (Vol. 15, pp. 121-133). Emerald Group. doi:10.1108/S1529-209620160000015007

  • Yates, D., Shaw, R., Parker, G., van Zyl, L., & Walker, R. (2015). Proposed changes to the Human Assisted Reproductive Technology Act (2004). Women's Studies Journal, 29(1), 34-55.

  • Walker, R., & van Zyl, L. (2015). Altruism and generosity in surrogate motherhood and live organ donation. In 22nd Australasian Association of Professional and Applied Ethics (AAPAE) Annual Conference. Conference held at University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.

  • van Zyl, L. (2015). Against radical pluralism. In M. Alfano (Ed.), Current Controversies in Virtue Theory (pp. 22-34). New York: Routledge.

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Papers Taught


Donya Keyhani

Ling Wong

Terry Hardwick

Mark Smith

Bruce Small

Contact Details

Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Van Zyl, Dr Liezl 9356 liezl J.3.19A Philosophy Programme

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