Introduction to moral philosophy

Course Information
TitleΕισαγωγή στην ηθική φιλοσοφία / Introduction to moral philosophy
SchoolPhilosophy and Education
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorFilimon Peonidis
Course ID600020281

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

Registered students: 88
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
PhilosophyElected Compulsory DirectionalWinter/Spring-6

Class Information
Academic Year2021 – 2022
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2021
Specialization / Direction
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
After finishing this class students shoulb able to understand at an introductory level how moral philosophy can trigger, systematize and cultivate our moral sensibililities.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Make decisions
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course aims to offer a general and comprehensive introduction to some of the basic problems, concepts and methods of moral philosophy. It is not an historical course and references to past philosophers are limited to those necessary for understanding a contemporary approach to the subject. In this context, we demarcate moral philosophy and determine its scope, we discuss its interplay with other fields such as science and describe its branches. Moreover, we briefly examine basic moral theories such as virtue ethics, Kantian deontology and utilitarianism, we analyze moral sentiments and values, and present characteristic cases from applied ethics. Students should not only familiarize themselves with the essentials of moral philosophy but also realize that it can help us deal with ordinary and extraordinary normative problems in a more serious, reasoned and impartial manner.
Ethics, applied ethics
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Book
Course Organization
Reading Assigment1114.4
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
J. Rachels & S. Rachels, Στοιχεία ηθικής φιλοσοφίας, Αθήνα, 2010. P. Vardy & P. Grosh, Το αίνιγμα της ηθικής, Αθήνα 2013.
Additional bibliography for study
Φ. Παιονίδης, Στοιχειώδη προαπαιτούμενα για την κατανόηση της φιλοσοφικής ηθικής. Τζ. Λ. Μάκι, Ηθική: Η επινόηση του ορθού και του εσφαλμένου, Αθήνα 2010.
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