Moral Philosophy (2007/2008)

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Name of lecturer
Italo Sciuto
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Sem. I B dal Nov 12, 2007 al Dec 20, 2007.

Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

Moral philosophy investigates about the truth of the principles that either have guided or guide, or should guide, human actions, both individually and socially. Through the analysis of topical stages in the history of ethics, the course aims to make the participants acquire a good degree of critical awareness about moral philosophy’s main subjects and problems of today.


Human Ethics and the Animal World.
The course will focus on the ethical relevance of the world of non-human animals, to whom, it seems, we should grant objective rights. This is a very recent turn in Western civilization that is still subject to controversy, but it’s clearly of enormous importance in order to comprehend both the essence and the duties of the human animal. It demands no less than a thorough rethinking, of which nobody today denies the urgence, of the meaning and the importance of Western anthropocentrism in terms that may be ethically valid.

Texts of the course:
L. Battaglia, Etica e diritti degli animali, Laterza, Roma-Bari 1999.
T. Regan, Gabbie vuote. La sfida dei diritti animali, Sonda, Casale Monferrato (AL) 2005.

Assessment methods and criteria

Students will undergo a written examination with open-answer questions.