Course: Ethics

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Course title Ethics
Course code KFI/ETF
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminar
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Kratochvíl Miloš, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
Ethics in ancient, medieval, renaissance and modern age philosophy. Utilitarianism, Kant, Nietzsche. The course will also provide reflection of morality and ethical categories by non-philosophical disciplines (selected conception from psychology, sociology and biology), which try to deal with traditional question of philosophical ethics. We put more emphasis on conceptions which criticize and offer alternatives to modern humanism, which take the view that human being and its reason is centre of the world - virtue ethics, ecological ethics and feministic ethics.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Seminar classes, Lecture
  • Contact hours - 52 hours per semester
  • Preparation for an examination (30-60) - 43 hours per semester
  • Undergraduate study programme term essay (20-40) - 35 hours per semester
professional knowledge
Course requires no special prior knowledge and skills.
learning outcomes
Students will understand the main categories of philosophical ethics. They will know influential theories. They will identify different kinds of moral reasoning and they will be able to deduce their consequences. Students will be also able to consider ethical problems from different perspectives.
teaching methods
Seminar classes
assessment methods
Combined exam
Seminar work
Recommended literature
  • Anzenbacher, Arno. Úvod do etiky. Vyd. v tomto překladu 2., V nakladatelství Academia 1. Praha : Academia, 2001. ISBN 80-200-0917-5.
  • Aristotelés. Etika Níkomachova. [Praha] : Rezek, 1996. ISBN 80-901796-7-3.
  • Epiktétos. Rukojeť. ; Rozpravy. Praha : Nakladatelství Československé akademie věd, 1957.
  • Hume, David. Zkoumání o zásadách mravnosti. Praha, 1899.
  • Kant, Immanuel. Základy metafyziky mravů. 1. vyd. Praha : Svoboda, 1976.
  • Kohák, Erazim. Člověk, dobro a zlo : o smyslu života v zrcadle dějin : kapitoly z dějin morální filosofie. Praha : Ježek, 1993.
  • Montaigne, Michel de. Eseje. 2. vyd. v ERM 1. vyd. Praha : ERM, 1995. ISBN 80-85913-12-7.
  • Nietzsche, Friedrich; Kouba, Pavel. Mimo dobro a zlo : předehra k filosofii budoucnosti. [1. vyd.]. Praha : Aurora, 2003. ISBN 80-7299-067-5.
  • Ricken, Friedo. Obecná etika. Praha : ISE, 1995.
  • Rich, Arthur. Etika hospodářství. 1. vyd. Praha : ISE, 1994. ISBN 80-85241-67-1.
  • Seneca, Lucius Annaeus. O duševním klidu. Praha : Odeon, 1999. ISBN 80-207-1020-5.
  • Singer, Peter. Practical ethics. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1999. ISBN 0-521-43971-X.
  • Weischedel, Wilhelm. Skeptická etika. Praha : Oikoymenh, 1999. ISBN 80-86005-84-4.
  • Wright, Robert. Morální zvíře : proč jsme to, co jsme. Praha : Nakladatelství Lidové noviny, 2002. ISBN 80-7106-612-5.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Philosophy and Arts Philosophy (13-4) Philosophy, theology 1 Summer
Faculty of Philosophy and Arts Philosophy (13-2,3) Philosophy, theology 1 Summer