Essential Ethics for Global Leaders[19S1014]

Course Title
Essential Ethics for Global Leaders[19S1014]
Essential Ethics for Global Leaders
科目区分・科目種 共通科目(前期課程) クラス 博士課程共通
CCBM   キャリアデザイン  
単位数 2.0単位 履修年次 13

担当教員 山本ラヴェナー ロクサナ
学期 前期
火曜 5 6 人間文化研究科棟408室


Try reading:
Plato. (any edition). The Republic - 国家 (対話篇)
Aristotle. 1857. Nicomachean Ethics - ニコマコス倫理学

発表=Class participation: 50% of course grade,授業への参加態度=Final presentation (written or oral): 50% of course grade

Key themes:
- Perfection & happiness, right & good (as ends of ethics/moral philosophy)
- Ethics as study and practice
- Old and new ethics
- Contemporary ethical problems
- Exercise of reason
- To understand the facts of morality
- To reflect on life in its moral aspects
- To rethink personal moral convictions
- To strengthen old and/or adopt new ethical principles

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)

Apart from the time students will invest in their final presentation, this course requires no learning time outside the classroom. Students are encouraged to dedicate as little/much time outside the class as they deem necessary to fulfil their personal ethical goals.

Welcome to Essential ETHICS!
Most people are sensible about behaviour and attitude. The task of ethics is simply to rectify conduct. Parents, teachers, maybe all of us attempt to teach ethics, yet, ethics is something that can be learnt, rather than taught. In this course we will survey a range of topics related to ethics as an essential driver for general, intellectual and scientific achievement. Together we will discuss ethically questionable behaviour, consumption, research, business, law etc., and learn from a variety of viewpoints.
This course will be conducted in English. The audience is any student concerned with « good » and « right ».

R. Yamamoto-Ravenor; Tel: 03-5978-2573
リーディング大学院推進センター Tel:03-5978-5775