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Moral theories I A
a.a.: 2021/2022 - anno di corso: 1
Settore M-FIL/03 - CFU 6 - Semestre I - Codice 1056298
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Programma

John Dewey: Moral Traditions and Moral Theory
 
In his 1932 Ethics, John Dewey attempted an ambitious reconfiguration of moral theorizing from pragmatist quarters. Revising an earlier edition of the text, dating back to 1908, Dewey set to present the most important moral theories of the western canon – that is, deontology, consequentialism, and virtue ethics –, showing how their unfolding responded to as many needs and goals of human beings living in association with each-other: namely, distributing duties, achieving well-being, and trusting each-other. While customary morality has been witnessing the clash between the prioritization of laws/rights, of ends/goods, and of character/approbation, reflective morality sought to harmonize such different pulls. Dewey challenges the idea according to which these three modalities represent incommensurable requests on moral inquiry, and shows how the latter could be seen in terms of the experimentation with, and transformation of, the moral life. In so doing, Dewey shall put pressure on the very idea of moral understanding, and moral traditions, as in need of a theory.
 
Programma inglese

John Dewey: Moral Traditions and Moral Theory
 
In his 1932 Ethics, John Dewey attempted an ambitious reconfiguration of moral theorizing from pragmatist quarters. Revising an earlier edition of the text, dating back to 1908, Dewey set to present the most important moral theories of the western canon – that is, deontology, consequentialism, and virtue ethics –, showing how their unfolding responded to as many needs and goals of human beings living in association with each-other: namely, distributing duties, achieving well-being, and trusting each-other. While customary morality has been witnessing the clash between the prioritization of laws/rights, of ends/goods, and of character/approbation, reflective morality sought to harmonize such different pulls. Dewey challenges the idea according to which these three modalities represent incommensurable requests on moral inquiry, and shows how the latter could be seen in terms of the experimentation with, and transformation of, the moral life. In so doing, Dewey shall put pressure on the very idea of moral understanding, and moral traditions, as in need of a theory.
Obiettivi
Fatta salva una serie di obiettivi di fondo (conoscenza e comprensione della disciplina; capacità di applicare conoscenza e comprensione; capacità critica e di giudizio; capacità di comunicare quanto si è appreso; capacità di proseguire lo studio in modo autonomo), il corso si propone di raggiungere più specificamente i seguenti ulteriori obiettivi: conoscenza delle principali caratteristiche degli approcci analitici e pragmatici all'etica con riferimento al dibattito contemporaneo sui limiti e gli obiettivi della filosofia morale; miglioramento delle abilità scritte e orali attraverso esposizioni in aula, dibattiti e composizioni scritte.
Valutazione
- Prova scritta
- Prova orale
Descrizione valutazione
Rich text editor, valutazione_m, press ALT 0 for help. The exam, beside in-class active participation, consists in the writing of a final essay plus an oral examination, which will last an average of 30 minutes and will be about the themes presented in class. In order to successfully pass the exam, students should prove to: 1. know the fundamental doctrines of the various authors covered; 2. be able to read and comment the texts analysed in class; 3. properly master the technical terminology of the various covered authors; 4. being able to recognise and carefully reconstruct the most important theoretical concepts, also in their diachronic evolution; 5. offer critical and original arguments departing from the texts and authors analysed. The fulfilment of 1 and 2 is necessary for the passing of the exam. Marks above 27 will be given to students fulfilling all five points above.
Testi
J. Dewey, Ethics, Southern Illinois Press, Carbondale 1985 [1932]
R. Frega & S. Levine (eds.), John Dewey’s Ethical Theory: The 1932 Ethics, London & New York, Routledge, 2020
 
Note
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Orario Lezioni
Lunedì 9.30 - 11.30 (RM052 Aula XI M.M. Olivetti - PIANO TERRA)
Giovedì 9.30 - 11.30 (RM052 Aula XI M.M. Olivetti - PIANO TERRA)
Inizio lezioni: Lunedì 27 Settembre 2021

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