Ethics of Relation (2018/2019)

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Giorgio Erle
Giorgio Erle
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Sem. 2B dal Apr 8, 2019 al Jun 1, 2019.

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.


Responsibility as an Imperative: the ethical relationship according to Hans Jonas.
The program aims at analyzing and discussing Hans Jonas’ philosophical perspective about the ethical and relational meaning of responsibility referring to such issues as:
- The ethical consideration about the action of the human being, technology and the relationship with Nature;
- Responsibility and future;
- Foundations and method of ethics: principles and duties;
- The concept of purpose and the ethical meaning of final cause;
- Good, being and duty;
- Paradigms of the theory of responsibility according to Hans Jonas;
- Jonas’ ethics within the phenomenological context.

Reading list:
1) H. Jonas, Il principio responsabilità. Un’etica per la civiltà tecnologica, a cura di Piero Paolo Portinaro, Einaudi, Torino 2009, prefazione dell'autore (pp. XXVII-XXXI) e capitoli I-IV (pp. 3-173);
2) L. Risio, La responsabilità nella fenomenologia di Edmund Husserl e nell’etica di Hans Jonas, in F. Miano (a cura di), Etica e responsabilità, Orthotes, Napoli-Salerno 2018, pp. 97-106;
3) A. Pugliese, Tra identità e individuazione: la responsabilità come genesi della persona, in F. Miano (a cura di), Etica e responsabilità, cit., pp. 195-204.

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

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Francesco Miano (a cura di) Etica e responsabilità Orthotes 2018 978-88-9314-144-4
Hans Jonas Il principio responsabilità. Un'etica per la civiltà tecnologica Einaudi 2009 978-88-06-20105-0 A cura di Pier Paolo Portinaro.

Assessment methods and criteria

For both attending and non-attending students the exam consists of an oral test concerning 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.