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Scuola di Scienze umane, sociali e del patrimonio culturale
SUP5074257, A.A. 2017/18

Informazioni valide per gli studenti immatricolati nell'A.A. 2017/18

Principali informazioni sull'insegnamento
Corso di studio Corso di laurea magistrale in
LE0614, ordinamento 2008/09, A.A. 2017/18
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Crediti formativi 9.0
Tipo di valutazione Voto
Denominazione inglese MORAL PHILOSOPHY
Dipartimento di riferimento Dipartimento di Filosofia, Sociologia, Pedagogia e Psicologia Applicata (FISPPA)
Obbligo di frequenza No
Lingua di erogazione INGLESE

Responsabile ROMANA BASSI M-FIL/03

Dettaglio crediti formativi
Tipologia Ambito Disciplinare Settore Scientifico-Disciplinare Crediti
AFFINE/INTEGRATIVA Attività formative affini o integrative M-FIL/03 9.0

Modalità di erogazione
Periodo di erogazione Primo semestre
Anno di corso I Anno
Modalità di erogazione frontale

Organizzazione della didattica
Tipo ore Crediti Ore di
Ore Studio
LEZIONE 9.0 63 162.0 Nessun turno

Inizio attività didattiche 02/10/2017
Fine attività didattiche 19/01/2018

Prerequisiti: 1. Good command of English;

2. ability to analyze and discuss philosophical texts;

3. preliminary basic knowledge of ethics in general is recommended.
Conoscenze e abilita' da acquisire: A. knowledge of virtue ethics, its main traits, its implications and problems, its challenges and aspects open to discussion in the contemporary debate;

B. ability to "close read" contemporary philosophical texts;

C. ability to express and present philosophical problems and arguments in English with clarity, linguistic correctness and precision;

D. ability to develop a conceptual analysis of premises and arguments, to identify the thesis in a philosophical text;

E. ability of synthesis (summarizing a philosophical position, defining a concept);

F. ability to discuss philosophical thesis, providing sound arguments, judgement and critical assessment;

G. ability to bring into the discussion of a philosophical text references and links to the contemporary and past philosophical tradition.
Modalita' di esame: For attending students, the grading and evaluation take into account the degree of attendance, the active involvement in the general discussions, the participation to group activities in class, the oral presentations during the course as well as the final oral exam. An optional, argumentative paper can contribute to the overall evaluation. The final exam is oral. Further guidelines about the paper will be provided during the course.

For non-attending students: the exam is oral.
Criteri di valutazione: Both for attending and non-attending students, both for oral presentations/exam and for papers the evaluation criteria are based on the assessment of:

- ability of analysis,

- ability of synthesis,

- ability to discuss philosophical arguments,

- ability to provide objections and counter-arguments

- critical re-elaboration.
Contenuti: The course focuses on contemporary virtue ethics and on notions debated within this moral perspective. Julia Annas' Intelligent Virtue (2011) will provide us with a guideline, in order to discuss a set of issues addressed in the contemporary moral debate. Among these: how is virtue to be understood? can the skill analogy help us understand the notion of virtue or will such an analogy be misleading? how is virtue connected with the notion of practical intelligence? how are character and disposition to be intended? what is 'moral luck'? how and why does this notion stem from virtue ethics? is moral virtue socially and culturally embedded? if so, how can accounts of virtue aspire to be universal? and how are they to face the objection of relativism? A series of further readings from Cultivating Virtue (ed. by N. Snow, 2015) will be selected for the discussion in class based on the background of the students. Students with a background in philosophy may choose to read essays about what it means to cultivate virtues according to Aristotle, Mill and Kant, as well as about the difficulties and objections faced by contemporary virtue ethics. Students with no previous knowledge of philosophy, may choose to read essays dealing with the possibility to make use of the notion of virtue to bridge the gap among different cultural traditions. Moreover, elements and implications of the development of virtue from a psychological standpoint might be taken into consideration for discussion.
Attivita' di apprendimento previste e metodologie di insegnamento: Close reading of the text, conceptual analysis, frontal lessons, in-depth guided discussions, group work and oral presentations.
Eventuali indicazioni sui materiali di studio: ABOUT ATTENDANCE AND NON-ATTENDING STUDENTS:
Students are strongly advised to attend the lessons and the whole course because further reading material will be presented during the course.

In case this is impossible, they should get in contact with the professor during office hours in order to discuss a special programme. In general, non-attending students will include in their readings also a choice of readings from:

Rebecca L. Walker and Philip J. Ivanhoe, Working Virtue. Virtue Ethics and Contemporary moral Problems, Oxford, oxford university Press, 2007

Christine Swanton, The Virtue Ethics of Hume and Nietzsche, Wiley, 2015

A preliminary text about virtue ethics (for students lacking a background in philosophy) is: Stan van Hooft, Understanding Virtue Ethics, Chesham, Acumen, 2006.
Testi di riferimento:
  • Annas, Julia, Intelligent virtue. Oxford [etc.]: Oxford University Press, 2011. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Snow, Nancy, Cultivating Virtue: Perspectives from Philosophy, Theology, and Psychology, edited by Nancy E. Snow. New York [etc.]: Oxford University Press, 2015. (a selection of 3 essays must be read)