Ethics and Politics

Course Information
TitleΗθική και Πολιτική / Ethics and Politics
FacultySocial and Economic Sciences
SchoolPolitical Sciences
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorAristotelis Stilianou
Course ID100001073

Programme of Study: PPS Tmīma Politikṓn Epistīmṓn 2023-sīmera

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective Courses beloging to the selected specializationSpring-5

Class Information
Academic Year2022 – 2023
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2021
Specific Foundation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
Learning Outcomes
Upon the successful completion of the course, the students will be acquainted with the main philosophical approaches to ethics and moral philosophy, and to the yet unresolved problem of evil. In particular, the students will be in a position: i) to understand the formation of and appreciate the moral and political impact of the historically predominant stereotypes about what is to be considered as evil, ii) to deal with the phenomena of demonization of the other and of ideological fanaticism, iii) to recognize and analyze the psychological mechanisms transforming ordinary people into evil-doers.
General Competences
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • 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)
Problems of moral philosophy and ethics. Spinoza's Ethics, modern moral and ethical theories. Evil in the theological and philosophical traditions. Ancient and modern moral philosophy: Plato, Aristotle, Spinoza, Kant, Nietzsche. Political occurrences of evil. Genocides and forms of Totalitarianism. The radical evil and the banality of evil. The special case of the Holocaust.
Spinoza, Ethics, Theodicy, freedom of will, radical evil, banality of evil
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Use of ICT in Course Teaching Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment853.1
Student Assessment
Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative) Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1) Στυλιανού Άρης, Ο Σπινόζα και η δημοκρατία, Πόλις, Αθήνα 2016. 2) Moreau Pierre-François, Ο Σπινόζα και ο σπινοζισμός, Ι.Σιδέρης, Αθήνα 2019.
Additional bibliography for study
- Σπινόζα, Ηθική, μτφρ. Βανταράκης, Εκκρεμές, Αθήνα 2009. - Αυγουστίνος, Εξομολογήσεις ,τόμοι Α-Β, Πατάκης, Αθήνα 1999. - Immanuel Kant, “Η αποτυχία όλων των φιλοσοφικών προσπαθειών στη θεοδικία”, Δοκίμια, Δωδώνη, Γιάννενα 1971. - Immanuel Kant, Η Θρησκεία εντός των ορίων του λόγου και μόνο, Πόλις, Αθήνα 2007. - Friedrich Nietzsche, Πέρα από το καλό και το κακό, Πανοπτικόν, Θεσσαλονίκη 2010. - Friedrich Nietzsche, Η Γενεαλογία της Ηθικής. Πανοπτικόν, Θεσσαλονίκη 2010. - Hanna Arendt, Ο Eichmann στην Ιερουσαλήμ. Μια έκθεση για την κοινοτοπία του κακού, Νησίδες, Θεσσαλονίκη 2009. - Georges Bataille, Η λογοτεχνία και το το κακό. Πλέθρον 1979. - Alain Badiou, Η ηθική. Δοκίμιο για τη συνείδηση του Κακού, Scripta, Αθήνα 1998. - Max Scheler, Ο μνησίκακος άνθρωπος, Ίνδικτος, Αθήνα 2002. - Paul Ricoeur, Το κακό. Μια πρόκληση για τη φιλοσοφία και τη θεολογία, Πόλις, Αθήνα 2005. - Emmanuel Lévinas, Ελευθερία και εντολή, Εστία, Αθήνα 2007. - Θάνος Λίποβατς, Η απατηλή σαγήνη και η διαβρωτική βία του κακού, Πόλις, Αθήνα 2012. - Τσινικόπουλος Δημήτρης, Το μυστήριο το κακού. Νησίδες, Θεσσαλονίκη 2014.
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