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I am a undergraduate student studying philosophy. Our university is good at history of philosophy, but very poor at problem-oriented philosophy.

However, I wish to enter academia and study applied ethics (which is surely problem-oriented). This means I'll have to do much of the learning by myself, in order to enter a good Master or even PhD program (in applied ethics, of course) after graduation.

My questions are:

  1. What sorts of books / articles / other resources should I read at each level of learning?

  2. What are the core abilities of an applied ethics scholar/student? How to train them?

Some possible routes I can think of to do serious self-study:

  1. Ask the aforementioned questions on an Q&A website, get answers and act accordingly.

    • and this is what I am doing now :)
  2. Visit top-tier universities' websites and see how they arrange their courses. Then act accordingly.

  3. After acquiring basic knowledge, go to PhilPapers and read about frontier or historic research. Do further reading whenever encountering unfamiliar topics in a research paper.

  4. Follow other study guides that are not specifically designed for applied ethics.

Wish to get:

  • answers to the two aforementioned questions.

  • comments on the four aforementioned routes.

Thank you if you can help with any of these.

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