M-FIL/03 - 6 CFU - 1° Semester

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Learning Objectives

To offer some pathways for the analysis of contemporary ethics and its basic principles: what ethics of the 20th century is intended to be, what norms and values are, how to define the good and the evil, what the nature of the individual is, which role emotions play within decision-making processes, how society affects our choices, what relationship between ontology and ethics and tradition and innovation exists, how to interpret subjectivity, objectivity, relativity, pluralism.

Detailed Course Content

Ethics of the 20th century: between crisis of values and new solutions, the contribution of evolutionism, psychoanalysis, pragmatism, existentialism, situationism in P. Piovani’s reading.

Foundation of ethics: objectivity and universality of values and social construction in J. Searle’s and J. Mackie’s readings.

Onto-ethics: the I-other relations, the issues of co-existence and respect in M. Mearleau-Ponty’s and E. Morin’s readings.

Textbook Information

J. R. Searle, Creare il mondo sociale, Raffaello Cortina 2010, Chs. 1-3 (tot. ca. pp. 80).

J. L. Mackie, Etica: inventare il giusto e l’ingiusto, Giappichelli 2001, Part I (tot. ca. pp. 100).

P. Piovani, Principi di una filosofia della morale, F. Tessitore (ed.), Morano 1989, pp. 285.

M. Merleau-Ponty, Fenomenologia della percezione, Bompiani 2003, Part II, Ch. IV and Part III (tot. ca. pp. 70).

E. Morin, Il metodo. 6: Etica, Raffaello Cortina 2005, Part III (tot. ca. pp. 60).


It is recommended the reading of:

P. Piovani, L’etica del Novecento, in Id., Posizioni e trasposizioni etiche, G. Lissa (ed.), Morano 1989 (tot. ca. pp. 40).

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