Ethics
TeachersKANNARI YUTOStaffInfo
Grade, SemesterYear 1 2nd semest [General Basic Subjects]
CategoryGeneral Basic Subjects
Elective, CreditsElective 2credit
 Syllabus Number0B141

Course Description

“Can I sacrifice one person to help 100 people?” “Is it true that I should not lie?” “Can I do animal experiments for medical care?” These questions are also questions that ethicists have been thinking about. In this lecture, you will learn about various themes of ethics, including the basic theories of ethics such as consequentialism, duty-based theory, and virtue ethics. You will re-examine what you have taken for granted so that you can think deeper and explore other possibilities.
This course is mainly a lecture style, but rather than one-way communication from the teachers, I will provide time for discussion and give the opportunity of presentation by applicants.
This course is designated to achieve educational goals 1, 2, and 3 of General Basic Subjects.

Course Objectives

・Students can understand the Ethicist’s thought taken up in the course and explain in their own words. (Knowledge / Understanding)
・Students can think logically and critically. (Skill)
・Students can read critically. (Skill)
・Students can give presentations. (Skill)

Grading Policy

・Regular examination: 80%, active participation in this course (expressing opinions, reading texts, making presentation, summarizing): 20%
・I will provide feedback at the time of consideration in each lecture. I will also provide feedback on the presentations.

Textbook and Reference

KindTitleAuthorPublisher
TextbookLecture prints will be distributed on LMS.
References『入門・倫理学の歴史──24人の思想家──』
拓植尚則編梓出版社、2016年
ISBN:978-4872620382
References『功利主義入門──はじめての倫理学』
児玉聡筑摩書房、2012年
ISBN:978-4480066718
References『動物からの倫理学入門』
伊勢田哲治名古屋大学出版会、2008年
ISBN:978-4815805999
References『宇宙倫理学』
伊勢田哲治、神崎宣次、呉羽真編昭和堂、2018年
ISBN:9784812217382
References『幸福とは何か──思考実験で学ぶ倫理学入門』
森村進ちくまプリマー新書、2018年
ISBN:978-4480683298
References『フェミニスト現象学入門──経験から「普遍」を問い直す』稲原美苗・川崎唯史・中澤瞳・宮原優編ナカニシヤ出版、2020年
ISBN:978-4779514265

Requirements(Assignments)

・The second to the 11th: The teaching materials for each lecture will be uploaded on LMS in advance. Think about the questions in the lecture at that time (e.g., is it true that I should not lie) (30 minutes), and prepare the lecture using the LMS teaching materials (30 minutes). In addition, summarize the lecture content for the exam (60 minutes).
・The 12th, 13th: If you want to make a presentation, please prepare for it (180 minutes).
・The 14th: If you are a candidate for summary, summarize the contents of the lecture you are in charge of and prepare a short discussion (180 minutes).

Note

・It is recommended to attend the course of “Philosophy” and “Engineering Ethics”, but this is not a requirement.
・In this course, we will use LMS for distributing lecture prints, taking a questionnaire etc.

Schedule

1Introduction (What is ethics?)
2Consequentialism (Can I sacrifice one person to help 100 people?)
3Duty-based theory (Is it true that I should not lie?)
4Virtue ethics (What is a virtuous person?)
5Animal ethics (Can I do animal experiments for medical treatment?)
6Robot Ethics (Can I leave the care to the robot?)
7Space Ethics (Can I throw garbage into space?)
8Happiness theory (what is happiness?)
9Moral luck (Is luck related to morality?)
10Gender theory (What separates men and women?)
11Antinatalism (Is it better not to be born?)
12Presentation ①
13Presentation ② and about summary
14Summary
15Examination and summary