EVPHSE Contemporary Ethics

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2016
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
doc. PhDr. Radim Brázda, Dr. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Jan Zouhar, CSc.
Department of Philosophy - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: prof. PhDr. Jan Zouhar, CSc.
Supplier department: Department of Philosophy - Faculty of Arts
Bachelor's exam
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The course presents selected problems and issues of current ethics by means of interpretation of excerpts from ethical works or philosophical works with ethical implications. The aim is to acquaint students with part of current ethical discourse. Students will receive information on themes, questions and discussions of current ethics, will be able to reconstruct basic contexts and arguments included in the work of selected philosophers.
  • Daniel C. Dennett: On the emergence of morality
  • John R. Searle: Free will as a problem of neurobiology.
  • Philippa Foot: Is the Good a natural property?
  • Richard Dawkins/Marc Hauser: Religious justification of morality
  • Collin McGinn: Can the ethical be explained by the esthetic?
  • Peter Singer: How to live? Why do people live morally?
  • Christine M. Korsgaard: Morality and human action.
  • Peter Sloterdijk: Atmoterorism, militant climatology, zónes of risky and privileged breathing.
  • Jean Baudrillard: Reversibility of Evil
  • John Henry Mc Dowell: Non-naturalistic realism
  • DENNETT, Daniel Clement. Darwin's dangerous idea : evolution and the meanings of life. London: Penguin Books, 1996. 586 s. ISBN 014016734X. info
  • SEARLE, John R. Freedom and neurobiology : reflections on free will, language, and political power. New York: Columbia University Press, 2007. 113 s. ISBN 9780231510554. info
  • FOOT, Philippa. Die Wirklichkeit des Guten : Moralphilosophische Aufsätze. Edited by Anton Leist - Ursula Wolf, Translated by Hermann Vetter. Frankfurt am Main: Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag, 1997. 254 s. ISBN 3596129613. info
  • DAWKINS, Richard. Der Gotteswahn. Translated by Sebastian Vogel. Berlin: Ullstein, 2007. 574 s. ISBN 9783550086885. info
  • MCGINN, Colin. The character of mind : an introduction to the philosophy of mind. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999. viii, 176. ISBN 0198752083. info
  • SINGER, Peter. Wie sollen wir leben? : Ethik in einer egoistischen Zeit. Translated by Hermann Vetter. Erlangen: Harald Fischer Verlag, 1996. 300 s. ISBN 389131115X. info
  • SINGER, Peter. One world : the ethics of globalization. 2nd ed. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2004. xxv, 235. ISBN 0300103050. info
  • SLOTERDIJK, Peter. Blasen. 1. Aufl. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 1998. 644 s. ISBN 3-518-41022-9. info
  • BAUDRILLARD, Jean. Simulacra and simulation. [Michigan]: Ann Arbor, 1994. 164 s. ISBN 0472065211. info
  • BAUDRILLARD, Jean. Symbolic exchange and death. Edited by Mike Gane, Translated by Iain Hamilton Grant. Repr. London: SAGE Publications, 1995. xiv, 254. ISBN 0803983999. info
  • MCDOWELL, John. Wert und Wirklichkeit :Aufsätze zur Moralphilosophie. Edited by Axel Honneth - Martin Seel, Translated by Joachim Schulte. 1. Aufl. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp, 2002. 238 s. ISBN 3-518-58324-7. info
Teaching methods
Lecture,discussions on selected texts.
Assessment methods
Lectures, discussions on selected texts, contributions to discussion, independent research, course ends with colloquium. To get the credit the students are required to hand in written preparations for lectures (1-2 pages)in the "Hand-in Place" in IS - each contains the major theses, statements and arguments contained in the text, own commentary, justified counter-arguments. Prepared texts will be available to other students who will be able to discuss them on the lecture. The preparations must be handed in time. The Hand-in Place in IS will be closed on the day of the lecture and will not be accessible later. The student who will not hand in preparations in time will not receive the credit. No tests, no exams, just carefully prepared and handed in preparations based on the source literature.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every week.
Teacher's information
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015.
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