Current Academic Year 2014 - 2015
Please note that this information is subject to change.
The first part of this module introduces students to the practice and theory of ethics and moral philosophy. Students will study the role of ethics in clarifying, testing and systematising our common-sense moral beliefs and facilitating their application to issues such as the enforcement of morality under the law, freedom of expression and censorship and abortion.What is art? What is beauty? How do we identify what is artistic and beautiful (and what is not) in the world around us? The second part of this module looks at how Philosophy can help us to better understand and question art, from classical to contemporary approaches, through the study of a number of philosophical problems and debates.|
1. Examine essential features involved in aesthetic experience and ways of defining and analysing different forms of art|
2. Analyse 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. Examine 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. Assess 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|
|BADIP||Diploma in Humanities|
|BASM||BA Single Module|
|Timetable this semester: Timetable for PHIL3|