cod. 1006607

Academic year 2022/23
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 reflections;engage rationally different positions.


Knowledge of the materials of the first unit (Filosofia Morale I) is a prerequisite.

Course unit content

The second unit of this class aims at deepening the phenomenological and ontological presuppositions of moral philosophy. We will read some foundational texts of the phenomenological tradition and ask upon what conditions it is possible to uphold a non-reductionist conception of the human being and her world, in order to be able to sustain the ideal of morality.

Full programme


Recent studies in moral psychology questioned the existence of a stable personal character understood as the decisive factor to determine a subject’s actions in different situations. Contrariwise, phenomenology, a philosophical tradition based on first-personal experience and its structures, endeavored to describe our experience of ourselves and other subjects as essentially endowed with a character, partly acquired and partly innate. The second part of the class aims to let these two perspectives interact and thereby assess the validity of our experience of ourselves and other subjects qua individually connoted and endowed with permanent and recognizable traits.


All examination materials are available on as PDF files.

1) Christian Miller, Questione di carattere. Quanto siamo realmente buoni? (PDF)

2) Lavater/Lichtenberg, Fisiognomica (PDF)

2) Edmund Husserl, Ideen, paragrafi 60 e 61, secondo libro, pp. 659-711 (PDF)

3) Edith Stein, Introduzione alla Filosofia (estratto), in R. De Monticelli (a cura di), La persona: apparenza e realtà, pp. 207-243 (PDF)

4) Alexander Pfaender, Problemi fondamentali della caratterologia (PDF)

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")