20710138 - ETHIC AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES

The course on ethics and cognitive sciences is part of the teaching activities of the curriculum in Scienze della Comunicazione. The course aims at introducing and discussing some basic notions of ethics, with particular reference to the contemporary debate and to the relationship between philosophy and the cognitive sciences.

The aim of the course is to provide students with the tools for understanding, analyzing and discussing philosophical and scientific texts on the course topics, learning to navigate the contemporary debate. By the end of the course, students are supposed to have acquired a basic knowledge of some of the main topics in the field of ethics and a more in-depth knowledge of selected topics, and to be able to efficiently navigate the relevant literature.

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Programme

The course of ethics and cognitive sciences aims to present and discuss some basic ethical notions, focusing on the contemporary debate and on the relationship between moral philosophy and the cognitive sciences. The course includes two parts. In the first part, we will discuss some key notions in the interdisciplinary ethical debate at the interplay between moral philosophy and the cognitive sciences. Among the themes that will be discussed: free will and moral responsibility, neurolaw, the role of emotions and reasons in moral judgments, social cooperation. In the second part, we will focus on the role of unconscious psychological mechanisms in driving human behaviours.

Core Documentation

FOR STUDENTS WHO ATTEND THE COURSE, THE PROGRAM INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING TEXTS:
1 – M. De Caro, M. Marraffa (2016). Mente e morale. Una piccola introduzione, Luiss University Press
2 – J. Bargh (2018). A tua insaputa. La mente inconscia che guida le nostre azioni, Bollati Boringhieri

FOR STUDENTS WHO DO NOT ATTEND THE COURSE, THE PROGRAM INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING TEXTS:
1 – M. De Caro, M. Marraffa (2016). Mente e morale. Una piccola introduzione, Luiss University Press
2 – J. Bargh (2018). A tua insaputa. La mente inconscia che guida le nostre azioni, Bollati Boringhieri
3 - D. Kahneman (2013). Pensieri lenti e veloci, Mondadori

Type of delivery of the course

The course is made up of lectures and debates encouraging students' participation. If the emergency due to the COVID-19 epidemics continues, we'll follow our University's recommendation regarding teaching. In particular, teaching will be done online using the platforms suggested by the University.

Attendance

Attendance in not mandatory but strongly recommended. The program for students who do not attend classes includes some additional texts.

Type of evaluation

The verification of learning will take place via an oral exam. If the emergency due to the COVID-19 epidemics continues, we'll follow our University's recommendation regarding evaluation. In particular, the oral exam will be done via the platform Microsoft Teams.