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CODE 65122
ACADEMIC YEAR 2024/2025
CREDITS
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR M-FIL/03
LANGUAGE Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
SEMESTER 1° Semester

OVERVIEW

Contemporary Moral Theories is an advanced course in moral philosophy, which aims to offer an overview of the most recent ethical and metaethical discussion from both historical and theoretical perspectives, with particular reference to the Anglo-American debate. It integrates, therefore, foundational and normative issues, discussed through key currents and authors of contemporary debate.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course aims to examine the main themes and the main currents in which contemporary ethical and metaethical reflection is articulated, with particular reference to the Anglo-American debate.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon completion of the course, the student will:
- Know the main ethical currents in contemporary Anglo-American debate and trace their historical and theoretical roots;
- Master rival models of moral reasoning, knowing how to argue from them and discuss competing theses;
- Analyze and recognize different foundational strategies of ethics and critically evaluate them;
- Address and analyze specialized texts, acquiring appropriate technical language; and
- Acquire greater ability to manage one's social interactions with a collaborative attitude, constructive communication and dialogical skills.
- Demonstrate work autonomy, ability to handle primary literature, argumentative skills and collaborative attitude, coordination and negotiation.

PREREQUISITES

A previous basic knowledge of the main classic ethical theories and problems is required, as well as the knowledge of some essential readings.

TEACHING METHODS

The course will alternate between lecturer-led face-to-face lectures and in-class presentations given by the attending students.

 

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

 

Expanding the circle: extensions of altruism and future generations

According to some theorists, humanity's moral progress should necessarily pass through an 'expansion of the circle' of moral consideration. That is, an extension of the narrow limits of moral tribalism in the direction of a form of altruism extended to subjects far away in space and time and to non-human subjects. In this course, starting from Peter Singer's original formulation, we will analyse various 'classical' theories of psychological altruism and discuss some of the more recent moral theories focusing on moral altruism, such as effective altruism, intelligent altruism and long-termism.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

Two volumes among the following:

- P. Singer, The Expanding Circle. Ethics, Evolution, and Moral Progress

- P. Singer, Animal Liberation

- P. Singer, The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism Is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically

- W. MacAskill, What We Owe the Future: A Million-Year View

- J. Greene, Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason and the Gap Between Us and The

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

LESSONS

LESSONS START

October 2024

Class schedule

The timetable for this course is available here: Portale EasyAcademy

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

The oral examination will cover the course content. 

Students attending classes: 1/2 of the final evaluation will depend on the quality of the discussion and of the oral presentation in class. Study of the second text can be replaced by a written essay of 3000-4000 words, on a topic assigned by the lecturer during classes.

Students not attending classes: please, email Prof. Vaccarezza in due time to agree upon the reading list. 

ASSESSMENT METHODS

The oral examination will consist of an interview on the course content. 

The attainment of the main learning outcomes will be assessed and discussed.

Agenda 2030 - Sustainable Development Goals

Agenda 2030 - Sustainable Development Goals
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