The course requires an introduction to moral philosophy at the bachelor level and a good reading knowledge of English.
In order to attain the objectives that have been set, the course will concentrate each year on a different theme that will allow the relationships between different orientations in philosophical ethics to be seen - concrete issues of "applied" ethics and methodological reflection. The conceptual analysis will be accompanied by case studies.
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At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :
By the end of the course the student shall be able
- to analyse selected topics in the field of moral philosophy;
- to develop a well argued point of view, taking a position relative to various approaches to ethics;
- to use appropriately the tools of research in philosophy and in interdisciplinary collaboration.
Moral panic and minimal ethics
The philosopher Ruwen Ogien who died in May 2017 is the author of an original and provocative work known for its liberal and anti-paternalistic inspiration. He has largely contributed to a better understanding of a more analytical and less grandiloquent style in French moral philosophy. Even if his approach remains controversial, it has opened a possible future area of reflection including a fresh look at classical topics of ethics. The course will use some of Ogien's texts as points of departure for a deeper methodological insight into key concepts and ways of argumentation in ethics.
There will be lectures and important interactive moments based on texts that have to be read by all participants. French will be the working language of this course.
The elements of evaluation are the regular and active participation, the writing of a short essay (maximum 5 pages on a subject that can be chosen among the topics of the course) and an oral exam.
The course starts on Wednesday, 07-02-2018. The professor's office hours are every Wednesday between 13:30 and 15:00. Office d126 (Collège Descamps, Grand-Place 45). Only during the second semester (sabbatical leave until January 2018).
Des textes seront disponibles sur Moodle. Pour une introduction à la question vous pouvez consulter Ruwen Ogien, La panique morale, Paris, Grasset, 2004 ; Ruwen Ogien, L'éthique aujourd'hui. Maximalistes et minimalistes, Paris, Gallimard, 2007 (folio essais).