Course Objective1. Acquire advanced knowledge of normative ethics, and moral
2. Learn to develop your own position in the literature, and defend it
in a paper (on the basis of the “four-sentence paper” method).
Course ContentIs it wrong to buy products made in exploitative conditions, or to fail
to reduce our carbon emissions? And if such acts are wrong, should we be
held responsible for them? This course is organized in two corresponding
In part one, we will address the collective action problem, namely the
problem that certain outcomes (such as climate change) are insensitive
to the behaviour of individuals, and yet it is plausible to think that
the latter should do their part and cooperate. In response to this
problem, we will examine some main theories from Ethics (year 1) in
greater detail, including Kant’s formulas and variants of
In part two, we will examine the debate on whether and when agents are
morally responsible. First we discuss views that require a robust sense
of freedom incompatible with determinism. We then turn to compatibilist
views that require either that the agent acted autonomously, or that the
action stemmed from the exercise of her rational capacities.
Teaching MethodsLectures and seminars
Method of AssessmentQuizzes: 10%
Final exam: 40%
Seminar assignments: Pass/fail
Entry RequirementsCourses of Track 1 Philosophy
LiteratureThe list of readings will be announced on Canvas.
Target AudienceSecond year PPE students
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Humanities|
|Course Coordinator||dr. J.J.W. Wieland|
|Examiner||dr. J.J.W. Wieland|
dr. J.J.W. Wieland
dr. P. Robichaud
You need to register for this course yourself
Last-minute registration is available for this course.
|Teaching Methods||Lecture, Seminar*|
*You cannot select a group yourself for this teaching method, you will be placed in a group.
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