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Course module: U20043-B-3
Moral Philosophy
Course info
Course moduleU20043-B-3
Credits (ECTS)3
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionDutch
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Catholic Theology; TST: Systematic Theology/Philosophy; Systematic Theology and Philosophy;
Is part of
B Theology
M Theology
PM Theology
PM Christianity and Society
PM Academic Teacher in Religion and Philosophy of Life
prof. dr. T.W.A. de Wit
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2019
Starting block
SM 1
Course mode
Registration openfrom 01/08/2019 up to and including 24/01/2020
  • You are introduced in the important ethical positions such as eudaimonism, deontology, utilitarianism, libertarianism et cetera. 
  • You are introduced in a number of the great representatives of these positions in the hository of ethical thinking such as Aristoteles, Kant, Bentham, Mill, Rawls, Levinas and their followers today.
  • You lear to discern and analyse a number of ethical conflicts and dilemmata in the abovementioned ethical positions, for exampel in relation to human dignity, loyalty, positive discrimination, the 'less evil' et cetera.
This course will be combined with some other courses of the 'Theological Workplace III'. For example, during the fourth session, the lecturer will give instuctions for the workplace. Later during the course, the findings of the students will be discussed in an extra session.

Required Prerequisites
A course in 'History of Philosophy'
This course offers an Introduction in philosophical (social) ethics by way of the discussion of the book Justice (2009) of Michael J.Sandel. The book is elegantly written, not without humour, and links the classical positions in a skilfull way with actual issues. Beside this book, we study the ethical position of Emanuel Levinas.
The course starts with a formal lecture about the historical development of philosophical ethics, some key terms, the 'transition' from classical to modern ethics, and some basis distinctions and ethical schools
 In the (eight) weeks that follow we will read and discuss (by way of presentations by the students) each time one of the chapters of Sandels book. In the last session we will focus on the peculiar position of Levinas.
Type of instructions
Formal lecture and tutorial
Type of exams
Contact person
prof. dr. T.W.A. de Wit
Timetable information
Moral Philosophy
Required materials
We are going to work with the Dutch version of Sandels book. But if you want, you can use the English version of this book: Justice. What's the right thing to do? , Farar, Strauss & Giroux, New York, 2009, or later editions.
Title:Rechtvaardigheid. Wat is de juiste keuze?
Author:Michael J. Sandel
Publisher:Ten Have: Kampen, 2010
Recommended materials
ISBN: 9062831125
Title:Profielen van ethiek. Van Aristoteles tot Levinas
Author:Leijen, Arie
Publisher:Coutinho, 1998 (of latere edities)

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