After the course, students will be well acquainted with the key concepts, questions and discussions in moral philosophy, have comprehensive knowledge of the various trends in normative ethics and meta-ethics, and be able to evaluate and apply them. Students will understand what kinds of questions, methods and modes of argumentation are used within the field and will thus be able to analyse specific issues in philosophical ethics. Students will be able to apply these skills in the specialised field of their Master's thesis.
First period. The scope of the course is 5 credits, 3 cr of which is accounted for by participation in the lectures, 2 cr by the assigned course reading and assignments. The course can also be taken as a 5 cr literature examination in the Examinarium electronic examination facility.
The central content of the course may cover a range of normative ethical theories and specific issues related to them, or questions and discussions related to meta-ethical theories.
For the lecture course examination, students must read a book yielding 2 cr and/or complete additional assignments. For an examination in the Examinarium, select works from the list below, for a total of 5 cr.
Deontological ethics: T. Nagel: The View From Nowhere (2 cr);
S. Darwall: Deontology (2 cr);
B. Hooker: Developing Deontology: New Essays in Ethical Theory (1 cr).
Virtue ethics: J. Annas: The Morality of Happiness (3 cr);
R. Hursthouse: On Virtue Ethics (2 cr).
Continental ethics: S. Critchley: Ethics of Deconstruction: Derrida and Levinas (2 cr);
G. Madison & M. Fairbarn: The Ethics of Postmodernity: Current Trends in Continental Thought (2 cr).
Meta-ethics: M. Schroeder: Noncognitivism in Ethics (2 cr);
A. Miller: Contemporary Metaethics: An Introduction (2nd edition) (2 cr).
Moral relativism and subjectivism: P. Moser: Moral Relativism: A Reader (3 cr);
S. Lukes: Moral relativism (2 cr).
Applied ethics: A. Cohen: Contemporary Debates in Applied Ethics (3 cr);
R. Walker: Working Virtue: Virtue Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems (2 cr).
Utilitarianism and consequentialism: J. Driver: Consequentialism (2 cr);
Scheffler, S; Consequentialism and Its Critics (2 cr);
M. Häyry: Mahdollisimman monen onnellisuus (2 cr)
Assessment will be based on the lecture course, reading and assignments, or an examination taken in the Examinarium. Assessment is carried out on a scale of 0 to 5, based on the course learning outcomes.
The Faculty of Social Sciences’ Examinarium exams are replaced from 16 March with alternative arrangements until 31 May 2020 until further notice. Register for Examinarium in WebOodi and contact the teacher about the books / check the course page for further instructions. (NOTE: do not register in Examinarium or reserve the room for the exam.)
The scope of the course is 5 cr, 3 cr of which is accounted for by participation in the lectures. The course may include lectures, literature and written and oral assignments. The course can also be taken as a literature examination in the Examinarium electronic examination facility.