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Bioethics Education561

conduct, acquired the new dimension of environmental life-quality ethics in the context of the revised value-status of HS within the biosphere.     

While setting about dealing with the area of bioethics students are already familiarized with the fundamental philosophical and methodological issues connected with the is-ought problem (value/fact dichotomy), peculiarities of normative inference as well as the universalizability requirement addressed to ethical judgments. These issues are introduced beforehand during the two-semester basic course of general ethics (see below) and they find their particular exemplifications and advancement within bioethical considerations as referred to social practices. Within the framework of the present curriculum the course on bioethics is conducted over two semesters and this module will be preserved within the new program.

2.1. Ethics-specialty (project)   

       Only some obligatory (but not optional ) courses to be conducted in semesters 5-8 are displayed, and those relevant for this address are in boldface.

5th semester                                                             6th semester

+   A. Foundations of philosophical                     +  B. Basic ethical categories [60 hrs]                                                                  

         ethics [60 hrs]                                               +  Sociology of morals [30 hrs]  

+   Deontic logic [30 hrs]                                        +  Comparative normativity [30 hrs]

+   Relativism [30 hrs]                                            +  Psychology of morals [30 hrs]       

+   General axiology [30 hrs]                                  + Naturalism in normative ethics [30 hrs]                                          

+   Ethics in ancient philosophy [60 hrs]                +   The tradition and the present day of

                                                                                    Christian ethical thought [30 hrs]

7th semester                                                              8th semester                     

+   Kantianism/Utilitarianism/ Pragmatism -             +  Ethics applied in social practices -                  

     comparative  analyses  [60 hrs                                  the moral dimension  of  being a

     ]                                                                                 professional - exemplifications  [60hrs]     

+   Ethics of Enlightenment - the idea of                    +   Communication ethics [30 hrs]

     transcendentalism  [90 hrs]                                   +   Bioethics (2): biomedical ethics [60 hrs]

+    Bioethics (1): evolutionary &                             +   Social bioethics [60 hrs]

     environmental ethics/axiology [60 hrs]

9th semester                                                             10 semester

+   Anthropology of morals -                                       +  Master's seminar

    cross-cultural perspective  [30 hrs]

+   Axiology and deontology of

    education [30 hrs]

+   Pedagogy (theory & practice)  [60 hrs]

2.2. The Basic Course Of Ethics: [A+B]

A.  Foundations of philosophical ethics (5th semester)

A-1. Basic conceptual distinctions and the structure of philosophical ethics.

1.  The origin of ethics as a philosophical discipline.

2.  The ethical and the moral. Sections of descriptive ethics.                


The classification of models of normative ethics  (e.g. teleology vs deontology, rule-

     ethics vs act-ethics)

4.  The category of universalizability and the theoretical scheme of  philosophical ethics.

A-2. The semiotics of morality: evaluations (judgments of value) and norms    

       (judgments of obligation).

       Also includes: ethical/metaethical objectivism/subjectivism; the issue of  justification (argumentation for/against) of value judgments; Goodness/badness and rightness/wrongness.

A-3. The subject-matter and trends in metaethics. The "is-ought" problem. Relativism.

       Also includes: the procedures of justification (validation) of ought-propositions.

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