Course: Discursive ethics

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Course title Discursive ethics
Course code KFHS/B176
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Šimsa Martin, PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Preliminary definition of discursive ethics - Habermas, Apel, Tugendhat's critique - introduction and approach 2. Aristotle's and Kant's ethics - normative and practical assumptions and implications 3. Pragmatism and philosophy of language - Peirce, Wittgenstein, Austin 4. Argumentation and communicative behavior 5. What is good? - classic and modern definition 6. What is reasonable? - philosophical concept of reason in period changes 7. How does it relate to language? - Philosophy of language and ethics 8. Habermas - normative assumptions, Lebenswelt, communicative behavior 9. Habermas II 10. Appeal - ethical metanorm, human situation, ideal and real communicative community 11. Appeal II 12. Tugendhat - analytical philosophy and ethics - objections and criticism 13. Tugendhat II 14. Summary and evaluation

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified
Learning outcomes
Introduction to Aristotle's and discursive ethics in Habermas's and Apel's versions and their critique in the work of Tugendhat. Asking questions: What is right? What is moral? What is rational? Clarify ethical justification.
Familiarity with the basic ethical arguments of Aristotle, Habermas and Apel and with their critique in the work of Tugendhat.

Assessment methods and criteria
1. Paper on the topic 2. Colloquium 3. At least 70% participation in the seminar
Recommended literature
  • Habermas. Diskursethik. Philosophische Texte. Frankfurt am Main, 2019.
  • K. O. Apel. Situácia človeka ako etický problém in Za zrkadlom moderny. Bratislava, 1991.
  • Tugendhat. Přednášky o etice. Praha, 2004.
  • Tugendhat. Tři přednášky o problémech etiky. Praha, 1998.

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