Advanced Ethics

2019-2020
Dit vak wordt in het Engels aangeboden. Omschrijvingen kunnen daardoor mogelijk alleen in het Engels worden weergegeven.

Doel vak

1. Acquire advanced knowledge of normative ethics, and moral
responsibility.
2. Learn to develop your own position in the recent literature, and
defend it in a paper.

Inhoud vak

Is 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
corresponding parts.

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
consequentialism.

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).

Onderwijsvorm

Seminars

Toetsvorm

Quizzes: 10%
Final exam: 40%
Paper: 50%

Vereiste voorkennis

Ethics (year 1)

Literatuur

To be announced on Canvas

Algemene informatie

Vakcode W_BA_ADET
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P4
Vakniveau 300
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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