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Level 6

6AANB021 Kant's Moral Philosophy

THIS MODULE IS RUNNING IN 2018-19

Credit value: 15
Module tutor: Dr John Callanan
Assessment: 

2018-19

  • Summative assessment: 1 x 4,000 word essay (100%)
  • Formative assessment: 1 x 2,500 word essay

2016-17

  • Summative assessment: 1 x 4,000 word essay (100%)
  • Formative assessment: 1 x 2,500 word essay

Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.

Teaching pattern: one one-hour weekly lecture and one one-hour weekly seminar over ten weeks.
Pre-requisites: none

This course provides an introduction to the moral philosophy of Immanuel Kant. The course focuses upon a close reading of a seminal text in the history of moral philosophy, Kant's Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals. We will also loot at some of Kant's other ethical writings as appropriate. Through a reading of these texts, students will gain a critical understanding of the nature of a Kantian approach to the topics of morality and freedom. 

Detailed information on the current year’s module can be accessed on KEATS by all students and staff. 

Further information

Module aims
  • Students will develop the ability to critically assess Kant’s moral theory.

  • Students will gain an understanding of what it is to adopt a broadly Kantian approach to these topics, thus preparing them for an understanding of Kant’s contemporary relevance.

  • Students will develop the ability to distinguish between Kant’s own theories and those merely inspired by Kant’s approach.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, the students will be able to demonstrate intellectual, transferable and practicable skills appropriate to a Level 6 module and in particular will be able to demonstrate:

  • An ability to read a core text in the history of philosophy with both sensitivity to its historical context.

  • An ability to critically evaluate Kant’s thought in relation to contemporary philosophy.

  • A deeper understanding of Kant’s approach to traditional ethical problems, and how this approach relates to that of his immediate predecessors.

Past syllabi

Please note that module syllabus and topics covered may vary from year to year.

Detailed information on the current year’s module can be accessed on KEATS by all students and staff. 

 

The modules run in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand so there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary between years.

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