Philosophy 4

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Doel vak

You 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
consumerism, donating).

Inhoud vak

Is 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.


Lectures and seminars


Assignments (50% in total)
Final written exam (50%)


The list of required readings will be included in the course manual.


Master students Philosophy 2y

Algemene informatie

Vakcode W_MA_PH4
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P2
Vakniveau 500
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Vakcoördinator dr. J.J.W. Wieland
Examinator dr. J.J.W. Wieland
Docenten dr. J.J.W. Wieland

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