Advanced Study Ethics

Course Code :2006FLWFIL
Study domain:Philosophy and Ethics
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:30
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Willem Lemmens

3. Course contents *

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.