Advanced Studies in Moral Philosophy B

lfilo2191  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

Advanced Studies in Moral Philosophy B
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
5 credits
30.0 h

This biannual learning unit is being organized in 2020-2021
The course requires an introduction to moral philosophy at the bachelor level and a good reading knowledge of English.
Main themes
In order to attain the objectives that have been set, the course will concentrate each year on a different theme that will allow the relationships between different orientations in philosophical ethics to be seen - concrete issues of "applied" ethics and methodological reflection. The conceptual analysis will be accompanied by case studies.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 By the end of the course the student shall be able
- to analyse selected topics in the field of moral philosophy;
- to develop a well argued point of view, taking a position relative to various approaches to ethics;
- to use appropriately the tools of research in philosophy and in interdisciplinary collaboration.
The Ethics of Identity Politics (2020-2021)
The term “identity politics” is used to characterize the political claims of individuals and groups in the fight against discrimination because of ethnicity, sex, gender and other identity markers. According to Mark Lilla (Columbia University), the focus on identity politics has changed the agenda of political liberalism in a problematic sense whereas right-wing politicians largely benefit from this controversy by exploiting the populist resentments against intellectual discourses on minority rights. Moral philosophy is seriously challenged by current debates on exclusion and inclusion. The course suggests an ethical examination of the arguments evoked by participants in the discussion and reconstructs philosophical sources of the understanding of personal and collective identities.
Teaching methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

There will be lectures and important interactive moments based on texts that have to be read by all participants. English will be the working language of this course.
As room SOC20 makes it possible to welcome 15 students, priority will be given to interactive classroom-based teaching. The first meeting takes place on Monday 14 September 2020 in this room. Only when the circumstances make it necessary between September and December, we switch to Teams.
Evaluation methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

The evaluation is based
- on regular participation,
- on ongoing assessment of summaries and presentations (50%)
- and a short essay of five pages written in English (50%).
Online resources
Texts are avaible on Moodle.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Certificat universitaire en philosophie (approfondissement)

Master [120] in Ethics

Master [60] in Philosophy

Master [120] in Philosophy