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Veranstaltungstitel Ethics
Kennzeichen 50209
Veranstaltungsart Vorlesung & Seminar
Fachgruppe Philosophie
Semester Sommer 2020
Dozent(en) Attila Tanyi
Empfehlung(en) Studiensemester 1. Semester (P&E Master)
Bereich(e) A1: Ethics


‘How should one live?’ is the central the guiding question for the study of ethics. To answer it requires reflection on the idea of the good life and the difference between the right thing to do and the wrong thing to do, as well as on the existence of virtues and of an objective moral code that everyone ought to follow. This course will approach such issues in terms of both the contemporary debates philosophers are engaged in and also key historical contributions to ethics. Questions students will be exploring include: ‘is a good action more about good intentions than beneficial outcomes?’, ‘does lying possess an objective property of badness?’, ‘ought different people to follow different moral codes?’ and ‘what activities lead to a good life?’ The course aims to introduce students to key concepts in ethics – both meta-ethics and normative ethics. Students will gain an acquaintance with the main approaches to moral theory (such as virtue ethics, deontology, utilitarianism), as well as key debates in meta-ethics (such as subjectivism vs. objectivism, naturalism vs. non-naturalism). The course begins with a general introduction to ethics, then moves on to discussing meta-ethical theories (including different forms of skepticism), and ends with lectures on normative and applied ethics. A diverse range of topics will be covered: realism vs. anti-realism (meta-ethics), the central normative ethical theories but also such fields as disability ethics and feminist ethics, and a sample of applied ethical issues will also be discussed (abortion, euthanasia, business ethics).


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