Moral Philosophy (2011/2012)

Course partially running (all years except the first)

Course code
4S00765
Name of lecturer
Carlo Chiurco
Coordinator
Carlo Chiurco
Number of ECTS credits allocated
6
Academic sector
M-FIL/03 - MORAL PHILOSOPHY
Language of instruction
Italian
Location
VERONA
Period
Sem. 2A dal Feb 27, 2012 al Apr 22, 2012.

Lesson timetable

Sem. 2A
Day Time Type Place Note
Tuesday 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.6 from Mar 6, 2012  to Apr 22, 2012
Wednesday 11:50 AM - 1:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.6 from Mar 6, 2012  to Apr 22, 2012

Learning outcomes

Moral philosophy investigates the principles that either have guided or guide (or rather should guide) human actions in history, be they the acts of individuals or the choices of a whole society. Through the analysis of the most important stages in the history of ethics, students are expected to acquire a good degree of critical awareness about the main subjects of moral philosophy, thus enabling them to deal with the main moral issues of our time.

Syllabus

The moral question in Italy.
The course will focus on Italians’ seemingly hopeless lack of ethical ground. Italy has been experiencing a deep ethical crisis since the early 1990s, but Italians’ problems with ethics date back to the past of the country, and are rooted in a centuries-long tradition of distrust of the State. The present dire international situation forces Italians, disillusioned and weakened as they are, to undergo here and now a titanic effort of “citizenship rebuilding” on a great scale in order finally create a righteous, virtuous citizen constantly led by the idea of justice in his public behavior, someone who is capable of the difficult balancing act of exerting his individual freedom while always having public responsibility as his guiding light.
The views on ethics of some important authors of the past will be discussed in relation to the subject of the course.

Assessment methods and criteria

Texts:
1) Eugenio Lecaldano, Prima lezione di filosofia morale, Laterza, Roma-Bari 2011: chapter I; pp. 25-30 (Hume); pp. 116-122.
2) Gustavo Zagrebelsky, Imparare democrazia, Einaudi (the anthology is not compulsory);
3) Roberta De Monticelli, La questione morale, Cortina, Milano 2010;
4) Maurizio Viroli, La libertà dei servi, Laterza, Roma-Bari 2011;
Essays number 2, 3 and 4 must be studied entirely.
Students can also see: Ermanno Rea, La fabbrica dell’obbedienza. Il lato oscuro e complice degli italiani, Feltrinelli, Milano 2011.

Evaluation test:
The exam will consist of an oral examination.