Ethics B 3501-WISIP-ETB
This course presents modern theoretical ethics with references to historical ethical theories. The main topics are: the structure of normative thinking, methods of argumentation in ethics, value judgments, the problem of truth and cognition in ethics, justification of moral judgments, the debates between cognitivism and non-cognitivism and between internalism and externalism, modern theories of social contract.
Type of course
- knowledge of selected themes in metaethics
- knowledge of the main topics of contemporary ethics
- knowledge of selected developments in contemporary ethics and metaethics
- understanding of the specific characteristics of Western ethical thought
- linking philosophical analysis with moral problems
- composition of a written analysis of a philosophical ethical text
- is able to propose solutions to new moral problems he or she encounters
- initiates and carries out simple research work
- is open to new ideas and is ready to change his or her opinions in the light of new arguments and evidence.
Active participation in group discussions.
Written essay on a topic related to the program of the course.
Permissible number of absences: 2
Ethical Theory. Classic and Contemporary Readings, fourth edition, Louis P. Polman, (ed.), Wadsworth 2002.
A. J. Ayer, “Emotivism”, ET 419-424.
R.M. Hare, “Prescriptivism: The Structure of Ethics and Morals”, ET 425-432.
G. Harman, The Nature of Morality: An Introduction to Ethics, OUP 1977, chapter 1 & 2 or
“Ethics and Observation” and “Moral Relativism Defended” in ET 31-43.
J. Mackie, “The Subjectivity of Values”, ET 22-30.
N. Sturgeon, “Moral Explanations”, ET 474-485.
G. Elizabeth M. Anscombe, „Modern Moral Philosophy,” Philosophy. The Journal of the
Royal Institute of Philosophy 124 (1958): 1-19.
W. Quinn, Actions, Intentions, and Consequences: The Doctrine of Double Effect, ET 3018-
Ph. Foot, Abortion and the Doctrine of Double Effect, ET 302-308.
T. Hobbes, Leviathan, chapters V-VI, XIII-XIV, many editions.
J. Locke, The Second Treatise of Government, chapters I-IV, many editions.
J. Rawls, A Theory of Justice, Cambridge, Mass., Belknap Press of Harvard University
Press, Cambridge, Mass. 1971; sections 1-11.
Ch. Calhoun, “Justice, Care, and Gender Bias”, ET 688-695.
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