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

  • van Zyl, L. (2018). [Review of The moral foundations of parenthood (Oxford University Press) by Joseph Millum]. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews. Retrieved from

  • van Zyl, L. (2018). Euthanasia, virtue ethics and the law. In T. Angier (Ed.), Virtue Ethics: Critical Concepts in Philosophy (Vol. 4). Oxford and New York: Routledge.

  • van Zyl, L. (2018). Virtue Ethics: A Contemporary Introduction. Oxford and New York: Routledge.

  • Walker, R., & van Zyl, L. (2017). Towards a professional model of surrogate motherhood. Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1057/978-1-137-58658-2

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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