PUBLIC ETHICS

PUBLIC ETHICS

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Code
53009
ACADEMIC YEAR
2020/2021
CREDITS
6 credits during the 1st year of 8465 Philosophical Methods (LM-78) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
SPS/01
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (Philosophical Methods)
semester
2° Semester
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

Public ethics; procedural (who decides? How?) and substantive criteria (which principles, standards or rules should be relevant in deciding?) for the justification of public choices in democratic states.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Getting acquainted with the different approaches to the justification of the choices that affect public life and its domains: environmental policies, welfare policies, immigration policies, positive action and ways to fight discrimination, etc. Being able to analyze a) the different criteria which guide public policies; b) the possible procedures for making legitimate choices in democratic decision contexts (who shall decide, and how?). Both elements are essential to what in contemporary philosophical literature goes under the name of "public reason".

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course is intended to provide students with

an accurate knowledge of the contemporary academic debate on the topic of the course

mastery of its main theoretical and normative issues

develop an autonomous critical and informed point of view, and competent arguments, on the issues discussed in class.

Teaching methods

Combination of traditional lectures and classroom discussion of selected essays.  

Team code: 64re7f9

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

Principles for individuals and principles for institutions

The course focuses on the relation between the ethical principles that apply to the institutions of a democratic society and the ethical principles that apply to its individual members. Notably, we will ask whether and to what extent the ethical principles that guide institutions must also hold for individual morality, and to what extent public virtues should depend on private virtues. We will also ask which principles for individuals come to hold when democratic institutions do not fully comply with the ethical principles that should guide them.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

6 credits

Two books to choose among:

G.A. Cohen, Rescuing Justice and Equality, Harvard, Harvard University Press, 2008.

J. Rawls, Political Liberalism, New York, Columbia University Press, 1993.

P. Pettit, Republicanism, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1997.

I.M. Young, Responsibility for Justice, New York, Oxford University Press, 2013.

J.S. Hidalgo, Unjust Borders: Individuals and the Ethics of Immigration, New York, Routledge, 2019.

 

9 credits

Three books to choose among:

G.A. Cohen, Rescuing Justice and Equality, Harvard, Harvard University Press, 2008.

J. Rawls, Political Liberalism, New York, Columbia University Press, 1993.

P. Pettit, Republicanism, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1997.

I.M. Young, Responsibility for Justice, New York, Oxford University Press, 2013.

J.S. Hidalgo, Unjust Borders: Individuals and the Ethics of Immigration, New York, Routledge, 2019.

 

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Ricevimento: Until the end of the Covid emergency, the office hours will be held on Teams, upon appointment. Code: l2tmjhd.  

Exam Board

VALERIA OTTONELLI (President)

MIRELLA PASINI

DANIELE ROLANDO (Substitute)

CARLO PENCO (Substitute)

LESSONS

Teaching methods

Combination of traditional lectures and classroom discussion of selected essays.  

Team code: 64re7f9

LESSONS START

2 March 2021, on Teams, code 64re7f9

Schedule

Tuesday 12-14

Wednesday 12-14

Thursday 14-16

 

ORARI

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EXAMS

Exam description

Oral and written exam.

Assessment methods

Final written essay, for those who have attended the course. Alternatively, the student can choose an oral exam on two (for 6 credits) or three (for 9 credits) of the texts listed in the bibliography of the course.

The exam, both it its oral and written form, aims at ascertaining the student's critical awareness of the normative and theoretical issues examined during the course and an adequate knowledge of the main positions within the academic debate on the course's topic. The written essay must not consist in a mere summary of the existing literature, but must develop and defend by proper arguments a specific claim relating to a theme discussed during the course (on the model of academic essays of the relevant field).

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
14/05/2021 11:00 GENOVA Orale
03/06/2021 10:00 GENOVA Orale
23/06/2021 10:00 GENOVA Orale
08/07/2021 10:00 GENOVA Orale

FURTHER INFORMATION

http://www.scienzeumanistiche.unige.it/?page_id=832&contenuto=corso&id=68