Course: Contemporary Ethical Theories 1

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Course title Contemporary Ethical Theories 1
Course code KFI/SES1
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Master
Year of study 1
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech, English
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction unspecified
Work placements unspecified
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Sirovátka Jakub, doc. Dr. phil.
Course content
1. Introduction to ethics 2. Immanuel Kant - deontological ethics 3. Utilitarianism of John Stuart Mill and his relation to eudaimonism 4. Emmanuel Levinas: the Ethics of the Other 5. Ernst Tugendhat and his approach to Kant 6. Situational Ethics (J. Fletcher) and The Ethics of Care (V. Held)

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming)
  • Preparation for exam - 20 hours per semester
  • Class attendance - 28 hours per semester
  • Preparation for classes - 7 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The subject is the first of two courses of deeper introduction to the contemporary ethical theories. The lectures are focused not only on an overview of contemporary approaches but especially on their relationships and historical background.
The student will be educated in basic streams of contemporary ethics and its historical sources. He/she will have a complex point of view on the topic and will be able to think and argue independently. The 1st part of this course is focused on the deontology and teleology.
Basic course of ethics.

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral examination

1. The student choses one of books named in the list of literature and familiraizes him/herself with it. 2. The student is able to show adequate level of independent thinking and competence for philosophical discussion on the topic. The examination consists of two parts - knowlege test and discussion on the selected book
Recommended literature
  • Čapek, Jakub et al. Přístupy k etice II. Praha, 2015.
  • Fletcher, J. Situační etika. Praha: Kalich, 2009.
  • Held, V. Etika péče. Praha, 2015.
  • Kant, I. Základy metafyziky mravů. null. Praha: Svoboda, 1999. ISBN null.
  • Levinas, Emmnauel. Totalita a nekonečno. Praha, 1997.
  • Mill J. S. Utilitarismus. Praha, 2011.
  • Taylor, Ch. Etika autenticity. Praha: Filosofia, 2001.
  • Tugendhat, E. Přednášky o etice. Praha, 2004.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Theology Study plan (Version): Free Time Education (2015) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Theology Study plan (Version): Ethics in Social Work (2013) Category: Social sciences 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Theology Study plan (Version): Philosophy (2016) Category: Philosophy, theology 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter