cod. 1006607

Academic year 2020/21
2° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Filosofia morale (M-FIL/03)
Discipline filosofiche
Type of training activity
30 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Integrated course unit module: moral philosophy (integr)

Learning objectives

By the end of the class the student will be able to:
-Knowledge and understanding: Identify and recognize the conceptual and methodological structure of the most current moral theories;Know and analyze ethical problems, as well as their development in the history of ethics and in the contemporary debate;Discuss in a logical and articulate fashion the philosophical texts assigned in class.
-Applying knowledge and understanding: Apply the acquired theoretical foundations to contemporary moral, social and educational issues; Answer in a clear and articulate manner a written open question assignment. orient herself in interdisciplinary areas of inquiry.
-Making judgements; Communication skills: Argue orally in a clear manner her critical reflexions;engage rationally different positions.


Moral Philosophy I

Course unit content

The course offers a survey of the key authorsand themes of moral philosophy in Western thought. We will devote special attention to some classics of ancient and early modern ethics, as well as their reception in contemporary thought.

Full programme

In the first part of the semester we will discuss the most important episodes of the history of Western moral philosophy, paying special attention to Aristotle and Kant. In the second part of the semester we will read Edmund Husserl's "Introduction to ethics" and explore the ways in which a great original thinker like Husserl appropriated critically the historical heritage of ethical reflection.


1) Aristotele, Etica Nicomachea (Bompiani 2000)
2) Kant, Fondazione della metafisica dei costumi (Laterza 1997)
3) Husserl, Introduzione all'etica (Laterza 2009)

Teaching methods

Frontal lecture, seminar-style discussion, discussion with invited international experts.

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral examination:
Assessment criteria and assessment thresholds:
30 cum laude: Excellent, excellent solidity of knowledge, excellent expressive properties, excellent understanding of the concepts
30: Very good. Complete and adequate knowledge, well-articulated and correctly expressed
27-29: Good, satisfactory knowledge, essentially correct expression.
24-26: Fairly good knowledge, but not complete and not always correct.
22-23: Generally sufficient knowledge but superficial. Expression is often not appropriate and confused.
18-21: Sufficient. The expression and articulation of the speech show important gaps.
<18: insufficient knowledge or very incomplete, lack of guidance in discipline, expression seriously deficient. Exam failed.

Other information

The course consists of two parts (Moral Philosophy integrated):
First part - Moral Philosophy I (for students "Studi Filosofici" and "Scienze dell'educazione")
Second part - Moral Philosophy II (for students "Studi Filosofici")