PH0188 Experimental and Empirical Ethics

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2014
Extent and Intensity
0/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
doc. Mgr. Radim Bělohrad, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. PhDr. Radim Brázda, Dr. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Josef Krob, CSc.
Department of Philosophy - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Hana Holmanová
Supplier department: Department of Philosophy - Faculty of Arts
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
there are 12 fields of study the course is directly associated with, display
Course objectives
At the end of the course students should be able to describe and explain the most recent trends in the research in morality in the field of empirical sciences. They will be able to explain new methods in the research and the contribution of disciplines such as neuroscience, cognitive science and psychology, primatology, experimental philosophy to the exploration of the phenomenon. They will be able to assess the relevance of empirical approach to normative issues.
  • Introduction: new trends in the research of morality - the role of empirical sciences;
  • neuroscience/philosophy: Sam Harris
  • neuroscience/philosophy: Joshua Greene
  • social psychology: Johathan Haidt
  • psychology/cognitive science: Paul Bloom
  • primatology: Frans de Waal
  • neurophilosophy: Patricia Churchland
  • experimental philosophy: Joshua Knobe
  • social psychology, philosophy: Jesse Prinz
    recommended literature
  • HARRIS, Sam. The moral landscape : how science can determine human values. 1st Free press hardcover ed. New York: Free, 2010. 291 s. ISBN 9781439171219. info
  • Moral psychology. Edited by Walter Sinnott-Armstrong. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT, 2008. xix, 569. ISBN 9780262693554. info
  • Moral psychology. Edited by Walter Sinnott-Armstrong. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT, 2008. xviii, 585. ISBN 9780262693578. info
  • Moral psychology. Edited by Walter Sinnott-Armstrong. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT, 2008. xíx, 583. ISBN 9780262693547. info
  • HAIDT, Jonathan. The Emotional Dog and Its Rational Tail: A Social Intuitionist Approach to Moral Judgement. 2001. Psychological Review, 108/4, 814-834. ISSN 0033-295X. info
  • The origin of species : by means of natural selection or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. Edited by Charles Darwin - J. W. Burrow. London: Penguin Books, 1968. 476 s. ISBN 0140432051. info
  • DARWIN, Charles. Výraz emocí u člověka a u zvířat. Vyd. české 1. Praha: Nakladatelství Československé akademie věd, 1964. 280 s., [7. info
Teaching methods
Assessment methods
final test - 10 open-questions, min pass level 60 %
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
Note related to how often the course is taught: e-learning.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: e-learning.
Information about innovation of course.
This course has been innovated under the project "Faculty of Arts as Centre of Excellence in Education: Complex Innovation of Study Programmes and Fields at FF MU with Regard to the Requirements of the Knowledge Economy“ – Reg. No. CZ.1.07/2.2.00/28.0228, which is cofinanced by the European Social Fond and the national budget of the Czech Republic.

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