Current Academic Year 2013 - 2014
Please note that this information is subject to change.
This module introduces students to the application of ethical principles in the context of modern problems, and places forms of art in an historical and aesthetic context. |
1. Examine essential features involved in aesthetic experience and ways of defining and analysing different forms of art|
2. Evaluate key concepts and issues connected to theories of beauty and art that have historical origins in Plato and Aristotle's theories and which remain living options in philosophical aesthetics today
3. Explain the historical evolution of various forms of art and account for the emergence of non-objective and 'abstract' forms of art characteristics of 'the end of art' in the twentieth century
4. Evaluate central theories of ethics that have historical roots and remain significant living options in moral philosophy today
5. Discriminate between normative disciplines from other disciplines through investigating essential characteristics of ethical and aesthetic reasoning
6. Appraise a philosophical argument in ethics through investigating arguments for and against theories in the debate about the proper relation of morality to law
7. Apply the principles of ethical reasoning in assessing controversial moral issues in society today
All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml
|Indicative Content and Learning Activities|
Part 1: Aesthetics.|
Unit 1: Introduction and Classical Conceptions of Art and Beauty 1: Plato.
Unit 2: Classical Conceptions of Art and Beauty 2: Aristotle.
Unit 3: Establishing a Standard of Taste: Empiricist versus Rationalist Approaches.
Unit 4: Kant's Critique of Judgement.
Unit 5: Artistic Evaluation 1: Aesthetic Formalism.
Unit 6: Artistic Evaluation 2: Categories of Art.
Unit 7: Aesthetic Appreciation of Nature.
Unit 8: Conclusion.
Part 2: Ethics.
Unit 9: The Methods, Scope and Value of Ethics, and One of its Central Topics.
Unit 10: Morality and Truth: Realism, Subjectivism and Relativism.
Unit 11: Utilitarianism - A Results-Based Ethic.
Unit 12: Kant's Reason-Based Ethic.
Unit 13: Rawls' Theory of Justice - Towards a Contractualist Ethic.
Unit 14: Virtue Ethics and the Ethics of Care.
Unit 15: Morality, Society and the Law.
Unit 16: Freedom of Expression and Censorship.
Unit 17: Abortion: The Ethical Arguments.
Unit 18: Ethics and the Environment.
|Indicative Reading List|
|Programme or List of Programmes|
|BA||BA in Humanities|
|BASM||BA Single Module|
|Timetable this semester: Timetable for PHIL3|
|Date of Last Revision||08-DEC-10|