By focusing on a range of key texts in practical philosophy, organized around a unifying theme, this course serves to advance participants’ ability to engage in a sustained, critical, and systematic manner with pivotal texts from a variety of philosophical subfields, including ethical theory, political philosophy, normative ethics, philosophical anthropology, and/or moral psychology. Students also learn to reflect on the differences (and complementarity) between these subdisciplinary approaches as well as on the relationships between normative justification, empirical research, and the practical contexts that give rise to normative concerns.|
An examination of key texts in practical philosophy, including pivotal texts in the fields of ethical theory, political philosophy, normative ethics, philosophical anthropology, and/or moral psychology.|
Enrollment is limited to (and required for) first-year students in the RMA Philosophy programme.
The course concludes with a symposium in which students give a presentation of their final paper.
|You must meet the following requirements|
- Enrolled for a degree programme of faculty Faculty of Humanities
- Completed all course modules listed below
- Mastercursussen Geesteswetenschappen (200501100)
Private study materials
|Broad familiarity with undergraduate-level work in the areas covered in the course.|
|Will be made available via Blackboard.||Required materials-Instructional formats|
General remarksThe course is taught in the form of seminars in which lecture, close reading, discussion, group work and presentations are integrated.
Class session preparationStudents are expected to have read carefully the required reading in advance of the seminar meeting and to be prepared to participate actively in the discussion of the texts and related issues. They are also expected to prepare and revise drafts of the final paper in the course of the term.
Contribution to group workActive participation, including taking responsibility for the discussions in groups.
AssessmentCogency of the argument, clarity of written expression, aptness of the chosen thesis claim, interpretive accuity regarding the relevant texts, adequacy of formal aspects of the paper, ability to identify, as relevant, and the mutual implications between ethical theory, relevant empirical studies, and the details of the practical contexts that give rise to normative concerns. Also relevant is the demonstrated ability to respond to feedback on earlier drafts of the final paper.
DeadlinesDue at the end of the course
AssessmentThe degree to which the oral presentation and subsequent discussion session is well prepared, clearly organised, effectively presented, cogently argued, and demonstrates master of the material presented.