The aim of this course is to generally introduce the students in ethical theory and moral practice. The course's major attention is focused on the study of the different ethical theories, and on the enhancement of the student's sensitiveness concerning socio-ethical issues, and especially the application of ethical theories to face concrete environmental and bioethical issues.
After the course's completion, the students will be able:
- to understand the two-way relationship between science (and techno-science) and ethics.
- to recognize and understand some basic ethical concepts, principles and theories.
- to critically and comparatively discuss the ethical theories.
- to enhance critical as well as moral thought.
- to approach contemporary issues - arising from the rapid development of Technoscience - from a moral point of view.
- to recognize and understand the axiological role of ethics of science and technology.
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course examines the ethical and moral dimension, as well as the importance of the principles, the norms, the methods, the achievements and the social and environmental implications of science and technology. Moreover, the course is focused on the scientific and moral code of conduct, and on the responsibility of the scientists and the scientific community.
-Based on an inquiry of the relationship between technoscience, on one hand, and ethics and a theory of value,on the other, as well as on the most important ethical theories - Utilitarianism, Kantian Ethics,Contractarianism/Contractualism, Virtue Ethics, Moral Rights, Four Principles Theory and Feminist Ethics - and their main principles, the attempt will be undertaken to recognize, evaluate and face concrete environmental and bioethical issues, and to re-establish a unifying view of technoscience with ethical theory and moral practice.