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PUBLIC ETHICS

CODE 53009
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 6 cfu during the 1st year of 8465 METODOLOGIE FILOSOFICHE (LM-78) - GENOVA
  • 9 cfu during the 1st year of 8465 METODOLOGIE FILOSOFICHE (LM-78) - GENOVA
  • 6 cfu during the 2nd year of 8465 METODOLOGIE FILOSOFICHE (LM-78) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR SPS/01
    LANGUAGE Italian
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 2° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    Public ethics; procedural (who decides? How?) and substantive criteria (which principles, standards or rules should be relevant in deciding?) for the justification of public choices in democratic states.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Getting acquainted with the different approaches to the justification of the choices that affect public life and its domains: environmental policies, welfare policies, immigration policies, positive action and ways to fight discrimination, etc. Being able to analyze a) the different criteria which guide public policies; b) the possible procedures for making legitimate choices in democratic decision contexts (who shall decide, and how?). Both elements are essential to what in contemporary philosophical literature goes under the name of "public reason".

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The course is intended to provide students with

    • an accurate knowledge of the contemporary academic debate on the topic of the course
    • mastery of its main theoretical and normative issues
    • develop an autonomous critical and informed point of view, and competent arguments, on the issues discussed in class.

    PREREQUISITES

    None

    TEACHING METHODS

    Combination of traditional lectures and classroom discussion of selected essays.  

     

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    Principles for individuals and principles for institutions

    The course focuses on the relation between the ethical principles that apply to the institutions of a democratic society and the ethical principles that apply to its individual members. Notably, we will ask whether and to what extent the ethical principles that guide institutions must also hold for individual morality, and to what extent public virtues should depend on private virtues. We will also ask which principles for individuals come to hold when democratic institutions do not fully comply with the ethical principles that should guide them.

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    6 credits

    Two books to choose among:

    G.A. Cohen, Rescuing Justice and Equality, Harvard, Harvard University Press, 2008.

    J. Rawls, Political Liberalism, New York, Columbia University Press, 1993.

    P. Pettit, Republicanism, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1997.

    I.M. Young, Responsibility for Justice, New York, Oxford University Press, 2013.

    J.S. Hidalgo, Unjust Borders: Individuals and the Ethics of Immigration, New York, Routledge, 2019.

     

    9 credits

    Three books to choose among:

    G.A. Cohen, Rescuing Justice and Equality, Harvard, Harvard University Press, 2008.

    J. Rawls, Political Liberalism, New York, Columbia University Press, 1993.

    P. Pettit, Republicanism, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1997.

    I.M. Young, Responsibility for Justice, New York, Oxford University Press, 2013.

    J.S. Hidalgo, Unjust Borders: Individuals and the Ethics of Immigration, New York, Routledge, 2019.

     

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    21 February 2023

    Class schedule

    All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    Oral and written exam.

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    Final written essay, for those who have attended the course. Alternatively, the student can choose an oral exam on two (for 6 credits) or three (for 9 credits) of the texts listed in the bibliography of the course.

    The exam, both it its oral and written form, aims at ascertaining the student's critical awareness of the normative and theoretical issues examined during the course and an adequate knowledge of the main positions within the academic debate on the course's topic. The written essay must not consist in a mere summary of the existing literature, but must develop and defend by proper arguments a specific claim relating to a theme discussed during the course (on the model of academic essays of the relevant field).

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    14/12/2022 10:00 GENOVA Orale
    23/01/2023 10:00 GENOVA Orale
    07/02/2023 10:00 GENOVA Orale
    12/05/2023 10:00 GENOVA Orale
    31/05/2023 10:00 GENOVA Orale
    14/06/2023 10:00 GENOVA Orale
    12/07/2023 10:00 GENOVA Orale