Learning outcomes of the course unit
1-Knowledge and understanding
Knowledge of the structure of the main moral theories; knowwledge of the development of ethical theories in the history of philosophy and in the contemporary debate.
2-Applying knowledge and understanding
Application of the theoretical basis acquired though the analysis of the contemporary debate on educational and social problems.
3-4-5 Making judgments, communication and learning skills
Acquiring the capacities of an autonomous judgment on themes pertinent to moral and civil life and of the capacity to reason on different positions. Capacity to formulate one's own reflections in a argumentative and coherent manner
Course contents summary
The cours introduces the structures and normative criteria that characterize the main moral theories (deontology, consequentialism, virtue ethics). The course begins with a discussion of parts of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, will focus on the differences between virtue ethics and deontologic and utilitarian ethics, and will finally consider contemporary interpretations of Aristotle’s moral thought (in particular M. Nussbaum's capabilities approach).
A. Da Re, Filosofia morale. Storia, teoria, argomenti, Bruno Mondadori, Milano 2008.
Aristotele, Etica Nicomachea, Bompiani, Milano 2000.
M. Nussbaum, Creare capacità, Il Mulino, Bologna 2012.
Reading and interpretation of texts
Assessment methods and criteria
oral exam for students "Scienze dell'Educazione"
partial written test for students "Studi filosofici"
course for students "Studi filosofici" and " Scienze dell'educazione