|Each lecture will begin with a brief introduction on the scheduled topic, followed by discussions in relation to the topic.
Course 1. An introduction to Ethics (April 9th 2019, Tuesday, 13:20 – 14:50)
- Concept & facts emphasizing the importance of ethics in our everyday life
- (Discusssion) Is ethics a science or an art? Should we study or practice ethics?
Course 2. Fundamentals of Ethics (April 16th 2019, Tuesday, 13:20 – 14:50)
- Branches, tasks and methods
- (Discussion) What should I do? Are we ‘free’ to do what we think is right?
Course 3. Main doctrines (April 23rd 2019, Tuesday, 13:20 – 14:50)
- Exploring the core ethical principles
- (Discussion) Humans ought to seek happiness egoistically or universalistically?
Course 4. Reason and feeling (May 7th 2019, Tuesday, 13:20 – 14:50)
- Analysing reasonable conduct
- (Discussion) What to do in a situation when telling the truth is wrong?
Course 5. Pleasure and desire (May 14th 2019, Tuesday, 13:20 – 14:50)
- Analysing impulses that conflict with reason
- (Discussion) Can the desire to win a game/competition be unethical?
Course 6. Egoism (May 21st 2019, Tuesday, 13:20 – 14:50)
- Self-realization as the aim
- (Discussion) Is egoism vice or self-protection?
Course 7. Intuitionism (May 28th 2019, Tuesday, 13:20 – 14:50)
- The view that everyday moral decisions are made in an ordinary way, intuitively
- (Discussion) What if everybody did what I do?
Course 8. Hedonism (June 4th 2019, Tuesday, 13:20 – 14:50)
- Maximizing pleasure and minimizing pain
- (Discussion) Extremes of increasing pleasure (e.g. drugs) and limit pain (e.g. suicide)
Course 9. Common sense (June 11th 2019, Tuesday, 13:20 – 14:50)
- Code imposed on individuals by public opinion or consensus of mankind
- (Discussion) Common sense vs. common pursuits (of health, joy, wealth, social position, power)
Course 10. Duty and justice (June 18th 2019, Tuesday, 13:20 – 14:50)
- Right acts; Fulfillment of agreements or expectations
- (Discussion) Can rights and duties conflict (e.g. nomad settlements in protected places, abortion)? Is it just to penalize unintended crime and not reward unintended aid?
Course 11. Promise and law (June 25th 2019, Tuesday, 13:20 – 14:50)
- Fulfillment of obligation as understood by promiser and promisee; Obeying the law
- (Discussion) Can a promise to do something immoral be morally binding? Can a contract that holds a person to do something illegal be legally valid?
Course 12. Benevolence and intellectual virtues (July 2nd 2019, Tuesday, 13:20 – 14:50)
- Cultivate affection, piety, friendship, neighbourliness, citizenship, universal benevolence
- (Discussion) Are there priorities for benevolence?
- Wisdom, will, caution, decision
- (Discussion) How to achieve harmony between our ends and ethics?
Course 13. The Ethical Seminar (July 9th 2019, Tuesday, 13:20 – 14:50)
- (Discussions) How to ethically respond to unethical behaviour of others?
Course 14 and 15: Final Presentations and class discussion (July 23rd and 30th 2019, Tuesday, 13:20 – 14:50)
- Presentation of a personal approach to an ethical problem (written or oral)