Course: Contemporary Ethics

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Course title Contemporary Ethics
Course code KPF/N011
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Moural Josef, doc. RNDr. CSc.
Course content
1. Introduction to the current situation in Ethics and Meta-ethics (text: R. Rorty). 2. The acts and types of its evaluation; traditionalist and natural concept of morality 3. Moral judging and moral affection; obligation and goodness. 4. Kantian moral concept and its reworking by Tugendhat. 5. - 6. Kant and Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals 1 to 2 7. Discourse ethics. Ethics of compassion, The Animal in Ethics, unborn life. 8. Counter-Enlightenment Ethics. 9 to 10 Virtue Ethics and its integration into the Tugendhat concept. 11. Utilitarianism. 12. Human rights and justice. 13. Summary of interpretation; the use of ethics; ethics and politics.

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified
  • unspecified - 20 hours per semester
  • unspecified - 40 hours per semester
  • unspecified - 24 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The topic of the course is contemporary situation in Ethics and Meta-ethics. The interpretation is based on the concept of Ernst Tugendhat, presented in his Lectures on Ethics (2004).
Student will be able to prepare lesson plans in the extent of about 360 minutes based on course topic and continue to study individually the primary and secondary literature on the topic. The student will get oriented in the main ethical concepts and objections against them, and know well Tugendhat's concept.

Assessment methods and criteria
At the exam student must have a good knowledge of lectures and knowledge based on readings in the extent of about 300 pages.
Recommended literature
  • Ernst Tugendhat. Přednášky o etice. Praha, 2004.
  • Immanuel Kant. Základy metafyziky mravů. Praha, 2015.
  • J. L. Mackie. Ethics: Inventing Right and Wrong. London, 1977.
  • Richard Rorty. "Kant vs. Dewey: the current situation of moral philosophy", in: Philosophical Papers, vol 4, s. 183-202. Cambridge, 2007.
  • T. M. Scanlon. What We Owe to Each Other. Cambridge, MA, 1998.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Arts Study plan (Version): Political Philosophy (A14) Category: Social sciences 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Winter