20th Century Moral Theories

Course Information
TitleΗΘΙΚΕΣ ΘΕΩΡΙΕΣ ΤΟΥ 20ου ΑΙΩΝΑ / 20th Century Moral Theories
SchoolPhilosophy and Education
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorEleni Kalokairinou
Course ID280009506

Programme of Study: UPS School of Philosophy and Education (2011-today)

Registered students: 49
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreElective CoursesWinter/Spring-6
PhilosophyCompulsory courses beloging to the selected specialisationWinter/Spring-6

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
  • Distance learning
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
* To conceive the basic key - concepts of (contemporary) moral philosophy. * To learn how to distinguish the different moral concepts. * To learn how to think in moral terms. * To learn to analyze the moral terms. * To learn how the moral terms can be applied in everyday life.
General Competences
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
After a brief introduction into the basic concepts of moral philosophy, like the conflicts of duties, the duties to myself and the moral praise and blame, we examine the most representative theories of the 20th century. As the examination of these theories shows, one cannot assess the validity of the criteria or principles that each of them proposes, unless one has previously realized their ontological, epistemological, logical/conceptual and psychological assumptions. In this way, the examination of the moral theories of the 20th and the 21st centuries is more a kind of research in meta-ethics than in ethics as it is usually understood.
morality, duty, obligation, naturalism, universal prescriptivism, G.E.Moore, C.L.Stevenson, R.M.Hare
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Book
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Ρ.Φ. 'Ατκινσον, Εισαγωγή στην ηθική φιλοσοφία με παράρτημα, β' έκδοση, μτφρ. Ελένη Καλοκαιρινού Σύγχρονη Παιδεία, Θεσσαλονίκη 2012,
Additional bibliography for study
W.D. Hudosn, Modern Moral Philosophy, Macmillan 1983. W.D. Hudson, A Century of Moral Philosophy, Lutterworth Press, London 1980. R.M. Hare, Freedom and Reason, Oxford University Press, Oxford 1963. R.M. Hare, Moral Thinking. Its levels, method and point, Clarendon Press, Oxford 1981.
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