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Seminar on Ethics and Phenomenology II

Code 13034
Year 2
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 7
Workload S(39H)
Scientific area Philosophy
Entry requirements n.a.
Mode of delivery face-to-face.
Work placements none.
Learning outcomes At the end of this Seminar, students should be able to:
a) Understand in depth the main aspects and foundations of an Ethics of Responsibility, taking into account all the metaphysical and phenomenological aspects that Hans Jonas' proposal adds.
b) Recognize the distinctive elements of different ecological ethic's paradigms.
c) Understand how the experience of time is a key factor of the Anthropocene and evaluate the respective ethical implications.
d) Understand the social and economic conditions of the debate between sustainability and degrowth;
e) Formulate the terms in which degrowth matters for a reflection of deep scope for the field of ethics.
f) Position oneself with critical autonomy about the debate on the ethical implications of degrowth.
Syllabus Module 1: Principles and Methods
Hans Jonas and the duty of a new Ethics for the phenomenon of Life; the problem of the fundamentals and the Metaphysics of Morals; Why should we Duty? Being and must-be: contributions to an Ethics of the Future.

Module 2: Ethics of sustainability
From the imperative of responsibility to deep ecology; dimensions of sustainability (economic, social, political, scientific and environmental); ethical implications of the experience of time in the Anthropocene.

Module 3: The ethical implications of degrowth
Elements for an ethics of degrowth: conviviality, care and good living; ethics of space and time, of ecological foundation; political ecology.
Main Bibliography d'Alisa, G, Demaria F., Kallis, G. (2016). Decrescimento. Vocabulário para um novo mundo. Trad.: Roberto Cataldo Costa. Porto Alegre: Tomo Editorial.
Jonas, H. (1984). The imperative of responsability: in search of an ethics for the technological age. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.
Naess, A. (1989). Ecology, community and lifestyle: outline of an ecosophy. Trad.: David Rothenberg. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria An essay on a topic related with the contents given in the curricular unit. The essay must be presented in the class.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2020-06-12

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