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Level 7

7AAN2040 Kant II: Moral Philosophy


Credit value: 20
Module tutor: Dr John Callanan


  • Formative assessment: one 2,000–3,000-word essay, due by end of semester or as otherwise instructed
  • Summative assessment: one 4,000-word essay (100%)

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
Sample syllabus: 7AAN2040 module syllabus 2016-17
Additional information: 

This course provides an introduction to the moral philosophy of Immanuel Kant, via a reading of a seminal text in the history of moral philosophy, Kant’s Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals. We will also look at some other of Kant’s ethical writings when 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. 

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-7 module and in particular will be able to demonstrate that they have:

A grasp of the core ideas relating to Kant’s moral theory

An ability to distinguish different interpretative approaches to those ideas

A familiarity with essential secondary sources on Kant’s ethics

An ability to critically assess central argumentative claims relating to Kant’s ethics

Past syllabi

7AAN2040 module syllabus 2012-13 (pdf)
7AAN2040 module syllabus 2013-14 (pdf)
7AAN2040 module syllabus 2014-15 (pdf)

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

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 depending between years.

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