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Archived Curricula Guide 2015–2017
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FILS1E Ethics and Social Philosophy 0–20 ECTS
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Degree Programme in Philosophy
Corresponding course units in the curriculum
School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Curricula 2012 – 2015
FILS1E Ethics and Social Philosophy 0–20 ECTS

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Open University Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in course work 
In Finnish
In Finnish
Written exam 
In Finnish

Suitable lectures, essays and literature. The modes of study must be agreed upon with the teacher responsible for the examinations.


Numeric 1-5.

Study materials

The topics to be examined can include

a) classics of ethics (Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Kant, Groundwork for the metaphysics of morals, Smith, A theory of moral sentiments, Sidgwick, Methods of Ethics, Nietzsche, Genealogy of Morals), or history of ethics, such as Schneewind, The Invention of Autonomy.

b) questions in normative ethics  (T.M. Scanlon, What we Owe to Each Other, Derek Parfit, On What Matters, Mark Timmons, ed. Disputed Moral Issues. A Reader. Third Edition, Oxford University Press 2013)

c) metaethics, practical reason and normativity (Joseph Raz, From Normativity to Responsibility, 2011; Alan Miller, An Introduction to Contemporary Metaethics; Russ Shafer-Landau, Moral Realism; Mark Schroeder, Noncognitivism in Ethics; Derek Parfit, On What Matters 2).

d) classics of social and political philosophy, (Plato, Republic; Aristotle, Politics, Hobbes, Leviathan, Rousseau, Social Contract, Locke, Second treatise on government, Hegel, Philosophy of Right, Marx, Economic-philosophic manuscripts),

e) normative political theory (John Rawls, Justice as Fairness: A Restatement, Cambridge, Massachusetts: Belknap Press 2001; Iris Marion Young, Justice and the Politics of Difference. Princeton: Princeton University Press 1990; Martha Nussbaum, Creating Capabilities, Axel Honneth, Freedom's Right; G.E. Cohen, Rescuing Justice and Equality, Amartya Sen, The Idea of Justice),

f) some special topics such as climate change or ecology (Elizabeth Cripps, Climate Change and the Moral Agent. Individual Duties in an Interdependent World; Andrew Dobson and Robyn Eckersley, ed. 2006. Political Theory and the Ecological Challenge. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press),

g) theories in social ontology (John Searle, Construction of Social Reality, Margaret Gilbert, Joint Commitment, Sally Haslanger, Resisting Reality; Alfred Schütz: Der sinnhafte Aufbau der sozialen Welt), or

h) some special topic such as economy as a social philosophical problem (David Harvey, Seventeen contradictions and the end of capitalism; John O’Neill, The Market; Elizabeth Anderson, Value in Ethics and Economics).

Belongs to following study modules

School of Social Sciences and Humanities
School of Social Sciences and Humanities
School of Social Sciences and Humanities