Ethics, Metaphysics, Philosophy

Course date

14 July - 25 July, 2008
Application deadline
15 February, 2008
Course Director(s): 

Mark Balaguer

Department of Philosophy, California State University-Los Angeles, USA
Course Faculty: 

Terence Horgan

University of Arizona, Philosophy, Tucson, United States of America

Janos Kis

Department of Political Science, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Timothy O'Connor

Department of Philosophy, Indiana University at Bloomington, USA

Thomas Schmidt

Humboldt University, Institute of Philosophy, Berlin, Germany
Course Manager: 

Andras Szigeti

Department of Philosophy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

The course focuses on moral responsibility as a central concern of philosophical ethics and metaphysics. It also explores the relationship between responsibility and other important philosophical concepts such as agency, freedom, moral luck, moral dilemmas, emotions, punishment, character and institutional action. By considering different aspects of responsibility, the course seeks to show why responsibility matters and how much really turns on our perception of ourselves as responsible beings.

The course will be divided into two parts. The first part will be devoted to the metaphysics of moral responsibility. The second part of the course will concentrate on responsibility as an ethical concept.