AProf Liezl van Zyl

Liezl van Zyl

Associate Professor, Philosophy

Qualifications: BA(Hons,) MA, DPhil Stellenbosch

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Papers Taught

Research Interests

Moral Philosophy (virtue ethics, right action, action guidance, moral luck, the trolley problem).

Environmental virtue ethics

Bioethics (surrogacy, abortion, euthanasia, suicide).

Recent Publications

  • Van Zyl, L. (2022). Wonder and environmental wirtue. In G. Pettigrove, & C. Swanton (Eds.), Neglected Virtues. New York: Routledge.

  • Van Zyl, L. (2021). Nussbaum, Martha Craven (1947–). In Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy Online. Routledge. doi:10.4324/9780415249126-DD3605-1

  • Walker, R., & Van Zyl, L. (2020). Surrogacy and the law: three perspectives. New Zealand Family Law Journal, 10, 9-16. Open Access version:

  • Walker, R., & van Zyl, L. (2020). Fear and uncertainty: The surrogacy triad’s experience of social workers’ role ambiguity. The British Journal of Social Work. doi:10.1093/bjsw/bcaa105 Open Access version:

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Normative theory; virtue ethics; virtue theory; applied ethics; political philosophy; aesthetics.