Course Objective1. Acquire advanced knowledge of normative ethics, and moral
2. Learn to develop your own position in the recent literature, and
defend it in a paper.
Course ContentIs it wrong to buy products made in exploitative conditions, or to fail
to reduce our carbon emissions? And even when such acts are wrong,
should we be held responsible for them? This course is organized in two
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. We will discuss various compatibilist views
(according to which we can be responsible even if determinism is true),
and also address the tricky topic of moral luck.
In this course, you will also work on your research and writing skills
(needed for a Bachelor thesis in practical philosophy).
Method of AssessmentQuizzes: 10%
Final exam: 40%
Entry RequirementsEthics (year 1)
LiteratureTo be announced on Canvas
|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
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