Max Scheller - Formalism in Ethics (konwersatorium) - 2018/2019

Course description
General information
Lecturer:dr Piotr Szałek
Organising unit:Faculty of Philosophy - Instytut Filozofii
Number of hours (week/semester): 2/30
Language of instruction:English
Course objective
C1 – the first aim is to offer an analysis of the basic concepts and categories of ethics of Max Scheler on the background of the contemporary ethical and meta-ethical thought
C2 – the second aim is to give students an opportunity of gaining the competence of analysing classical ethical texts
C3 – the third aim is to enable students to acquire skills necessary for both analytic and synthetic way of thinking and a good argumentative and critical competence
W1 – basic knowledge of the liberal arts
W1 – basic knowledge of philosophy (ethics)
Learning outcomes
1. Student knows and understands, in general, the role of philosophical (ethical) reflection in the development of spiritual culture of human being - K_W01
2. Student has a basic knowledge of function and significance of philosophy (ethics) in its relation to theology, formal and natural sciences, and on methodological and merit specific of philosophy - K_W02
3. Student knows terminology of the basic ethical systems - K_W03

1. Student can use the basic theoretical concepts, research paradigms and notions that are the most appropriate for studying a particular discipline in the arts within the most typical professional situations - K_U04
2. Student can choose the most suitable tools for interpreting and analysing philosophical (ethical) text; summarizes and analyses philosophical (ethical) arguments; identifies their key theses, assumptions and consequences - K_U05
3. Student has linguistic skills in the fields of arts and sciences that are appropriate for the studied subject – K_U09

1. Student is able to analyse situations and problems and is able to formulate by himself/herself proposals for their solution - K_K04
2. Student is aware of the role of philosophy and the responsibility for saving the cultural heritage of a region, country, Europe - K_K05
Teaching method
(1) Classical text reading, (2) Interactive methods, (3) Workshop’s methods, (4) Questioning methods (techniques).
Course content description
The tutorials are assigned to undergraduate students (second year, full time module, MA course in English). The tutorials give an opportunity for students to broaden their knowledge about the most important elements of the phenomenological ethics of Max Scheler. It consists mostly in the close reading and discussion of his seminal work on the Kantian formalism in ethics. It will focus on Scheler’s criticism of Kant, and in this scope try to highlight Scheler’s theory of values and persons as well as his concept of empathy. The tutorials give students a chance to acquire the competence and tools of the philosophical analysis, and supplements and consolidates their expertise in the ethics and phenomenology (and in contemporary philosophy, broadly speaking).
Forms of assessment
(W) – student does not have a basic knowledge on ethics of Max Scheler
(U) – student does not have a competence in analysing ethical texts and does not understand the basic content of the tutorials; student is not able to offer any conceptual solution for the discussed problem
(K) – student is not engaged in the process of acquiring the knowledge offered within tutorials and does not fulfil tutorial’s aims and tasks, does not engage himself into the discussion of the raised problems

Barely Pass
(W) – student gained general but limited knowledge on ethics of Max Scheler
(U) – student barely can analyse and understand the contents of tutorials; with tutor’s assistance student is able to analyse and reconstruct ethical texts
(K) – student attends the classes, but is passive

Good Pass
(W) – student has gained a good knowledge on ethics of Max Scheler
(U) – student is able easily to demonstrate his knowledge on ethics of Max Scheler and is able to apply the knowledge to a problematic situation; student can analyse ethical texts without any serious difficulty
(K) – student is active at the classes and is willing to broaden his knowledge

Very Good Pass
(W) – student has systematized and wide knowledge on ethics of Max Scheler
(U) – student is highly competent as regard the ethical texts analysis and is able easily to refer to the secondary sources
(K) – student is very active at the classes and takes an initiative with broadening his knowledge

Form of the Assessment: Oral Colloquium.
Required reading list
The Primary Reading List:
(1) Max Scheler, Formalism in Ethics and Non-Formal Ethics of Values, Northwestern University Press: Evanston 1973

The Secondary Reading List:
(1) Max Scheler, On Feeling, Knowing, and Valuing: Selected Writings, The University of Chicago Press: Chicago and London 1992; (2) Manfred S. Frings, The Mind of Max Scheler, Milwaukee: Marquette University Press 1997; (3) Peter Spader, Scheler\\\'s Ethical Personalism: Its Logic, Development and Promise, New York: Fordham University Press 2002; (4) Herbert Spiegelberg, “The Phenomenology of Essences: Max Scheler (1874-1928)”, in: H. Spiegelberg, The Phenomenological Movement: A Historical Introduction, Vol. 1, The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff 1960, pp. 228-270; (5) Karol Wojtyla, The Acting Person, Dordrecht-Boston: Reidel 1979; (6) Karol Wojtyla, “The Problem of the Separation of Experience from the Act in Ethics”, in: K. Wojtyla, Person and Community: Selected Essays, New York: Peter Lang 1993, pp. 23-44; (7) Dan Zahavi, “Max Scheler”, in: K. Ansell-Pearson and A. Schrift (eds.), The History of Continental Philosophy, Vol. 3: The New Century: Bergsonism, Phenomenology and Responses to Modern Science, Durham: Acumen Press 2010, pp. 171-186. The details of any further supplementary readings will be given at classes in due course, after consultations with students’ interests and needs.
Field of study: Philosophy
Course listing in the Schedule of Courses:
Year/semester:Year II - Semester 4
Number of ECTS credits: 2
Form of assessment: Grade