Dr Liezl van Zyl

Senior Lecturer

Qualifications: BA(Hons,) MA, DPhil Stellenbosch

School of Social Sciences


About Liezl


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. (2017). Towards a professional model of surrogate motherhood. Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1057/978-1-137-58658-2

  • Walker, R., & Van Zyl, L. L. (2017). Beyond altruism: A case for compensated surrogate motherhood. In R. Shaw (Ed.), Bioethics Beyond Altruism Donating and Transforming Human Biological Materials. Palgrave Macmillan.

  • van Zyl, L. (2016). [Review of Virtues and their vices by Kevin Timpe & Craig A Boyd (eds)]. Social Theory and Practice, 42(4), 901-905. doi:10.5840/soctheorpract201642435

  • Walker, R., & Van Zyl, L. (2016). Altruism and generosity in surrogate motherhood. Research in Ethical Issues in Organizations, 15, 121-133. doi:10.1108/S1529-209620160000015007

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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