General Ethics (ćwiczenia) - 2019/2020

Course description
General information
Lecturer:Ks. dr Marcin Ferdynus
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 and metaethics
C2 – The second aim is to develop skills of analysing ethical problems (critical moral thinking)
C3 - The third aim is to develop skills of discussing (to acquire skills necessary for both analytic and synthetic way of thinking and a good argumentative and critical competence)
C4 - The fourth aim is to develop skills of writing papers
W1 – Basic knowledge in the liberal arts
Learning outcomes
1. A student knows and understands in general the role of philosophical (ethical) reflection in the development of spiritual culture of human being - K_W01
2. A student has a basic knowledge on 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. A student knows terminology of the basic ethical systems - K_W03
4. A student knows and understands basic ethical issues - K_W06

1. A. student is able to analyse philosophical (ethical) texts and moral issues - K_U02
2. A student can report of her/his results, provide appropriate arguments - K_U03
3. A 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
4. A 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
5. A student can prepare a paper - K_U06
6. A student has linguistic skills in the fields of arts and sciences that are appropriate for the studied subject – K_U09

1. A student understands the need to study throughout her/his whole life - K_K01
2. A student can work in a group - K_K02
3. A student is able to analyse situations and problems, and is able to formulate by herself/himself proposals for their solution - K_K04
4. A student is aware about the role of philosophy and the responsibility for saving the cultural heritage of a region, country, Europe - K_K05
Teaching method
(1) Classical and secondary text readings, (2) Interactive methods, (3) Workshop’s methods, (4) Questioning methods (techniques).
Course content description
The classes give an opportunity for students to broaden their knowledge about the most important and dominant ethical traditions (most notably on deontologism, consequentialism, and virtue ethics) and metaethical approaches, problems (particularly from the cognitivism-noncognitivism debate). It consists mostly in the close reading and discussion of both ethical and meta-ethical contemporary debates and their classical exemplifications, which gives students also a chance to acquire the competence and tools of the philosophical analysis. This approach supplements and consolidates their expertise in the field, which they receive originally from the compulsory lecture on general ethics.
Forms of assessment
(W) – A student does not have a basic knowledge on general ethics (inc. metaethics)
(U) – A 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) – A 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) – A student gained general but limited knowledge on general ethics (inc. metaethics)
(U) – A student barely can analyse and understand the contents of tutorials; with a tutor’s assistance student is able to analyse and reconstruct ethical texts.
(K) – A student attends the classes, but is passive

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

Very Good Pass
(W) – A student has systematized and wide knowledge on general ethics (inc. metaethics)
(U) – A student is highly competent as regard the ethical texts analysis and is able easily to refer to the secondary sources
(K) – A student is very active at the classes and takes an initiative with broadening his knowledge
Required reading list
The Primary Reading List:
(1) M.W. Baron, P. Pettit and M. Slote, Three Methods of Ethics: A Debate, Oxford: Blackwell 1997; (2) J. Rachels, The Elements of Moral Philosophy, New York: McGraw-Hill 2003; (3) S. Blackburn, Think: A Compelling Introduction to Philosophy, Oxford: Oxford University Press 1999; (4) A. Miller, An Introduction to Contemporary Metaethics, Cambridge: Polity 2003; (5) K. Wojtyła, Man in the Field of Responsibility, South Bend, Indiana: St. Augustine’s Press 2011; (6) A. Fisher, Metaethics. An Introduction, Durham: Acumen 2011; (7) Articles on Ethical and Metaethical categories, concepts and problems form E. Craig\'s Routledge Encyclopaedia of Philosophy (London, New York 1998) and the online Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy (http//

The Secondary Reading List:
(1) Theories of ethics, ed. P. Foot, Oxford: Oxford University Press 2002; (2) B. Williams, Morality: An Introduction to Ethics, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1972; (3) T. Tannsjo, Understanding Ethics: An Introduction to Moral Theory, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press 2002; (4) Contemporary Debates in Moral Theory, ed. J. Dreier, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell 2005; (5) Metaethics After Moore, ed. T. Horgan and M. Timmons, Oxford: Oxford University Press 2006; (6) The Oxford Handbook of Ethical Theory, ed. D. Copp, Oxford: Oxford University Press 2006; (7) S. Blackburn, Ethics: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford: Oxford University Press 2001; (8) Ethics: Contemporary Readings, ed. H.J. Gensler, E.W. Spurgin and J.C. Swindal, New York-London: Routledge 2004; (9) B. Williams, Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy, Cambridge, Mass.; Harvard University Press 1985. 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 I - Semester 1
Number of ECTS credits: 0
Form of assessment: Grade