Understanding: Students understand a variety of specific ethical concepts and their implications for applied ethics.
Application: Students can apply normative ethical theories such as utilitarianism to topics in applied ethics such as animal ethics.
Analysis: Students can analyze different positions on topics in applied ethics and on the nature of applied ethics.
Evaluation: Students can construct arguments in discussions in applied ethics such as in bioethics as well as on the nature of applied ethics and come to a conclusion.
Synthesis: Students can write a philosophical essay at an appropriate level for a 3rd year BA course.
Ethics 1 and Ethics 2
In lectures 1-3 and 8-10 we will introduce and discuss topics in applied ethics. Students will learn to argue about the nature of applied ethics and specific topics in applied ethics. We will choose a few topics to study in more depth taken from subfields in applied ethics such as bioethics, animal ethics and social issues. Thereby, we will reflect on the application and usefulness of normative ethical theories such as deontology, utlitarianism and virtue ethics. This part of the course will be taught together with the Premaster course 'Applied Ethics'.
In two sets of four sessions each (weeks 4-7 and 11-14), bachelor students philosophy will be engaging ecology and technology, as two contemporary domains involving ethics, but also science, politics, religion, and human self-understanding. Can we draw on an ‘evolutionary epic’ to motivate people to become ecologically responsible? Or would that be ‘scientism’? What is the role of science in climate policy? And how is ethics affected by our technological existence? Can artefacts be the bearers of morality? These sessions will be in Dutch
- The required literature will be listed in the course guide
- Peter-Paul Verbeek, Op de vleugels van Icarus: Hoe techniek en moral met elkaar meebewegen (Lemniscaat, 2014; isbn 9789047706304; € 19,95).