This course contains 2 parts.
In Part 1 we develop a reflection on 3 crucial traditions of moral reflection that still determine contemporary ethics: the naturalism of David Hume, the ethics of autonomy of Kant; the consequentialist tradition of Bentham/Mill. Our guide for this part is: David Wiggins with his 'Ethics: Twelve Lectures on the Philosophy of Morality'. We explore the following questions: what are the core principles in each of these theories of morality? Which form of ethical reflection contains each of these theories? To conclude, we focus on the place given in each tradition to the concept of empathy.
In part 2 we explore further the concept of empathy from a moral-psychological and meta-ethical perspective. The followong themes are given special attention: :(i) Empathy and anti-empathy in contemporary ethics; (ii) Empathy and moral responsibility; (iii) empathy and human dignity. The courses offer not only an actualization of Kant and Hume on empathy but focus also on some contemporary authors such as Raimond Gaita, Jesse Prinz en Paul Bloom.