MORAL PHILOSOPHY I
Learning outcomes of the course unit
By the end of the class the student will be able to:
-Knowledge and understanding: Identify and recognize the conceptual and methodological structure of the most current moral theories;Know and analyze ethical problems, as well as their development in the history of ethics and in the contemporary debate;
-Applying knowledge and understanding: Apply the acquired theoretical foundations to contemporary moral, social and educational issues;Discuss in a logical and articulate fashion the philosophical texts assigned in class.
- Communication skills: Argue orally in a clear manner her critical reflexions.
Course contents summary
Moral Philosophy I : the class aims at highlighting the structures and normative criteria characterizing the main contemporary moral theories (deontology, consequentialism, virtue-ethics, metaethics, applied ethics). The unit provides knowledge of the basics of moral issues in their historical development and is intended as introduction to the understanding of the contemporary moral debate.
The class will begin with the reading of a selection from Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, aiming to highilight the differences between virtue ethics, deontological ethics and utilitarian ethics, by reference to key texts that will be available on Elly. It will subsequently focus on virtue ethics in the contemporary debate and criticism leveled at virtue ethics from deontological, libertarian and utilitarian perspectives.
D.Neri, Filosofia morale. Manuale introduttivo. Nuova edizione, Guerini scientifica, Milano 2013.
Aristotele, Etica Nicomachea, Bompiani, Milano 2000.
A.Campodonico, M. Croce, M.S. Vaccarezza, Etica delle virtù. Un'introduzione, Carocci, Roma 2017
Kant, Fondazione della metafisica dei costumi (pagine scelte- vedi Elly).
J.S.Mill, Utilitarismo (pagine scelte-vedi Elly)).
Frontal lectures; Reading and interpretation of texts; Reflection on and contextualisation of the problems raised in the text under scrutiny.
The course materials will be uploaded on ELLY during the class and will be considered integral to the final exam
Assessment methods and criteria
Assessment criteria and assessment thresholds:
30 cum laude: Excellent, excellent solidity of knowledge, excellent expressive properties, excellent understanding of the concepts
30: Very good. Complete and adequate knowledge, well-articulated and correctly expressed
27-29: Good, satisfactory knowledge, essentially correct expression.
24-26: Fairly good knowledge, but not complete and not always correct.
22-23: Generally sufficient knowledge but superficial. Expression is often not appropriate and confused.
18-21: Sufficient. The expression and articulation of the speech show important gaps.
<18: insufficient knowledge or very incomplete, lack of guidance in discipline, expression seriously deficient. Exam failed.