Ethics of Relation (M) (2017/2018)

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Name of lecturer
Giorgio Erle
Giorgio Erle
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
Sem. IIB dal Apr 23, 2018 al Jun 9, 2018.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course is aimed to understand the ethical relationship particularly referring to Communication Ethics and to the rational grounding of Ethics. At the end of the course, the student will have to demonstrate knowledge and skills referring to challenging texts and to their interpretation and also to be able to open a wide reflection on these ethical subjects.


Reason and relationship: the meaning of Community and the rational grounding of Ethics as an issue according to Karl-Otto Apel.

The program aims at analyzing and discussing Apel’s philosophical perspective referring to such issues as:
- The relationship between Community and Communication
- Rational grounding of Ethics in the Age of science
- “Transcendental pragmatics”
- Discourse Ethics and Ethics of responsibility
- Mutual trust and human relationships.

Reading list:
1) K.-O. Apel, Etica della comunicazione, traduzione di V. Marzocchi, Jaca Book, Milano 2012;
2) A. Fabris, Etica della comunicazione, nuova edizione, Carocci, Roma 2014, chapters 2 and 3 (pp. 31-86);
3) G. Erle, Prefazione. Al di là dell’ingenuità, in L. Perfranceschi, Relazionalità e fiducia. Per un’etica dei legami, Edizioni Universitarie Cortina, Verona 2016, pp. 3-6;
4) L. Perfranceschi, Relazionalità e fiducia. Per un’etica dei legami, Edizioni Universitarie Cortina, Verona 2016, pp. 71-85.

Teaching methods: frontal lessons analyzing and discussing the above mentioned texts.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Karl-Otto Apel Etica della comunicazione (Edizione 4) Jaca Book 2012 978-88-16-43023-5
Adriano Fabris Etica della comunicazione (nuova ed.) (Edizione 2) Carocci 2014 978-88-430-6940-8
Linda Perfranceschi Relazionalità e fiducia. Per un'etica dei legami Edizioni Universitarie Cortina 2016 978-88-7749-199-2

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral test of the program and the reading list. To pass the exam, students will have to demonstrate that they have achieved the learning outcomes: acquired knowledge, interpretation and ethical reflection skills will be verified referring to course program and reading list.