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Introduction to Ethics

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Course Unit Code115-0504/01
Number of ECTS Credits Allocated4 ECTS credits
Type of Course Unit *Choice-compulsory
Level of Course Unit *First Cycle
Year of Study *
Semester when the Course Unit is deliveredWinter Semester
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Language of InstructionEnglish
Prerequisites and Co-Requisites Course succeeds to compulsory courses of previous semester
Name of Lecturer(s)Personal IDName
KLI0213PhDr. ThDr. Lucjan Klimsza, PhD.
The subject Introduction to Ethics introduces students to the study of ethics as one of the disciplines of philosophy. At the same time, it provides the prerequisite for further development of this subject in its applied forms, including working ethics. The introductory topic will be the basic terminology, the epistemological starting point and the definition of ethics as an independent field of study. Next themes will be the history of ethics from the times of ancient philosophy, through the Middle Ages to the modern ethical concepts. More thorough analyzes deserve the current ethical debate that deals with World War II and the Holocaust, globalization of the world and ethical dilemmas related to it, such as the economic impacts of a globalized world, migration or environmental issues. Conclusion will include familiarizing with applied ethics in practical areas of human activity. The entire cycle will focus not only on classical ethics, but will also focus on discussions with students, or on the independent critical thinking of graduates of this subject, who will be able to professionally and professionally address the ethical issues of society.
Learning Outcomes of the Course Unit
1. To identify fundamental terminology, ideas, definitions and conceptions belong to area of ethics.
2. To characterize historical development of ethics.
3. To describe classical and modern ethical thnoughts.
4. To explain fundaments of ethical thinking.
Course Contents
1. Introduction: the basic question of ethics.
2. Controversy between congnitivists and non cognitivists. Epistemological fundaments of ethics. Cathegory: ethos, morality, autonomus, heteronomous, theonomus and definition of ethics.
3. Normative ethics and its accountability. Basic logic and construction of normative judgement.
4. Ancient Normative School: Hedonism, Virtue of Stoics Philosophy, Eudaimonism.
5. Scolastic Normative School: Ethics of Aurelius Augustinus, Ethics of Thomas Aquinas, Casuistic Ethics.
6. Enlightment Normative School: Ethics of René Descartes, Baruch Spisnoza, John Locke, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury
7. Deontological Ethics of Immanuel Kant.
8. The concep of Utilitarism of Jeremy Bentham and John Stuard Mill.
9. Ethics in the Shadow of Aushwitz - Ethics of Responsibility in the Thoughts of Hanah Arendt and Joachim Jeremias.
10. Postmodern Philosophy and the end of Ethics in Thoughts of Theodor Adorno and Jean-Fançoise Lyotard.
11. Ethics as a Product in Global World in Sociological Thoughts of Zygmunt Bauman.
12. Apply Ethics and its Importace in Today's Economy.
13. Business Ethics.
14. Recapitulation.
Recommended or Required Reading
Required Reading:
KLIMZSA, Lucjan. Introduction to Ethics. Hermeneutics Aspect of Values. Ostrava: University of Ostrava, 2013, ISBN 978-80-7464-311-8.
KLIMSZA, Lucjan. Business Ethics. Introduction to the Ethics of Values. London: Ventus Publishing, 2014, ISBN 978-87-403-0690-3.
THOMPSON, Mel. Ethical Theory. London: Hodder Education and Hachette, 2008. ISBN 978- 0340- 95779-0.
Recommended Reading:
COLLINS, Denis. Business Ethics: Best Practices for Designing and Managing Ethical Organizations. 2nd ed. London: SAGE, 2018. ASIN B07883JFS4
MacINTYRE, Alasdair. A Short History of Ethics. London: Routledge, 2009. ISBN 978-0-415-28749.
SHAFER-LANDAU, Russ. The Fundamentals of Ethics. Oxford University Press: Oxford, 2009, ISBN 978-0195326857.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Lectures, Individual consultations, Other activities
Assesment methods and criteria
Tasks are not Defined