Course ObjectiveYou will acquire knowledge of
• normative ethics (Kantian ethics, consequentialism);
• the recent debate on the collective action problem.
You will acquire the skill to
• evaluate solutions to the collective action problem, and develop your
own view on this;
• apply the above issues to concrete cases (e.g. voting, ethical
Course ContentIs it wrong to consume animal products, to buy products made in
exploitation, or to fail to reduce our carbon emissions? In this course,
we examine the main ethical theories, specifically Kantian ethics and
consequentialism. We also address the collective action problem: given
that many of our actions make no difference (such as voting, consuming,
and donating), how can we still say they are right or wrong? In response
to this, we will consider several solutions currently proposed in the
literature (in terms of expected utility and complicity), and also
evaluate whether Kant’s formula of universal law and variants of
consequentialism may help out.
Teaching MethodsLectures and seminars
Method of AssessmentAssignments (50% in total)
Final written exam (50%)
LiteratureThe list of required readings will be included in the course manual.
Target AudienceMaster students Philosophy 2y
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Humanities|
|Course Coordinator||prof. dr. M.V.B.P.M. van Hees|
|Examiner||prof. dr. M.V.B.P.M. van Hees|
prof. dr. M.V.B.P.M. van Hees
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Last-minute registration is available for this course.
|Teaching Methods||Seminar, Lecture|
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