Academic Year 2016/2017 - 1° Year - Curriculum Educazione ambientale e territorio
Teaching Staff: Rosa Loredana CARDULLO
Credit Value: 6
Scientific field: M-FIL/03 - MORAL PHILOSOPHY
Taught classes: 36 hours
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Learning Objectives

The course of Moral theories and applied ethics aims to give students a historical and theoretical framework of moral philosophy, from the origins of thought to contemporary age.

After having dealt with the study of the history of philosophy in general terms, the student will deepen in this course the moral section of the thought of the major philosophers of our history. From Socrates to Augustine, from Spinoza to Kant, from Nietzsche to the analytic philosophers, this course will enable students to identify the main moral issues, addressed by philosophers of all time, in their early development and evolution of their discussion. This in the first part of the course (moral theories); the second part of the course (applied Ethics) will allow students the approach to the most current and innovative topics of the history of moral philosophy and the so-called applied ethics, as ecology, bioethics, the philosophical practices (such as: Philosophy for children , philosophical dialogue, Consulting), professional ethics, etc.

*** The course of Moral theories and applied ethics replaces that of Moral philosophy and occurs in the same M-Fil / 03 scientific-disciplinary sector, so it is a good choice for the graduate or student who wishes or needs to expand the philosophical disciplines of his curriculum for the acquisition of the requirements for school competitions (classes 18 and 19).

Detailed Course Content

The good life and the knowledge of good. Happiness and virtue (from Socrates to Plotinus).

The good and the virtues. Freedom and the will (from Augustine to Duns Scotus).

Ethics and politics (from Machiavelli to Thomas More).

Good and the highest good. The motive of moral action. The moral duty (from Descartes to Mill).

The problem of moral autonomy (from Hegel to Nietzsche)

Sense and Sensibility (from Moore to MacIntyre).

The ethics of responsibility (from Weber to Jonas).

The applied ethics (Naess from Engelhardt)

Textbook Information

a) Handbooks (both compulsory):

1. Antonio Da Re, Filosofia morale. Storia, teorie, argomenti, Bruno Mondadori, Milano, 2008.

2. Michela Marzano, Etica oggi. Fecondazione eterologa, «guerra giusta», nuova morale sessuale e altre grandi questioni contemporanee, Centro Studi Erickson editore, Trento, 2015.

b) A reading between the followings, at the choice of the student (each of these essays will be introduced and commented during the lessons):

  • - Luisella Battaglia, Un’etica per il mondo vivente. Questioni di bioetica medica, ambientale, animale, Carocci, Roma 2011 (uno dei tre capitoli, a scelta dello studente)
  • - Martha Nussbaum, Non per profitto. Perché le democrazie hanno bisogno della cultura umanistica, Il Mulino, Bologna 2011;
  • - Jürgen Habermas-Charles Taylor, Multiculturalismo. Lotte per il riconoscimento, Feltrinelli, Milano 2013;
  • - Luigina Mortari, Filosofia della cura, Cortina, Milano 2015;
  • - Remo Bodei, Limite, Il Mulino, Bologna 2016.