- 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.
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