The Ifilnova/Eplab is offering a new curricular unit for master and PhD students of the Nova University of Lisbon in the 2º semester of 2017/2018. This initiative is part of the EPLab’s strategy to connect research with teaching, providing students with the most cutting-edge and updated insights in ethics and political philosophy. The curricular unit is called “Biopolitics and Evolutionary Ethics” and is taught by Filipe Nobre Faria, who pursues post-doctoral work at Ifilnova/Eplab.
Docent: Filipe Nobre Faria / email@example.com
Due to the strong developments that took place within evolutionary biology in the last decades, the 21st century is already considered to be the century of biology. Still, what are the consequences of these developments for the philosophical sphere? This course analyses the impact of evolutionary biology on political philosophy and ethics. Namely, it examines how evolutionary science permeates these philosophical fields and forces a revision of the main ethical and political theories. Starting with the presentation of standard evolutionary models (e.g. group selection, inclusive fitness), this course discusses the ideas of biopolitical thinkers like Nietzsche, Hayek, Singer and Gaus, aiming to understand their relevance for contemporary political questions, such as the tensions between liberalism vs communitarianism or global justice vs local justice. At the level of normative ethics, the course discusses the role of cultural and biological evolution in shaping our normative capacity of thought and social values. In particular, it evaluates the consequences of the theory of natural selection for standard ethical systems such as utilitarianism, deontology and social contract ethics.
Giovanni Damele, "Another Italian thought: elite theory and political realism"
Erich Rast, "Value Disagreement and Two Aspects of Meaning"
John Gibbons, "Things That Make Things Reasonable"
Santoni de Sio
Gilbert Harman, "Moral Realism is Moral Relativism"
Berit Brogaard, "Moral Contextualism and Moral Relativism"
Ronald de Sousa, "Moral Emotions"
Uriah Kriegel, "Moral Phenomenology: Foundational issues"
Introduction to "A Treatise of Human Nature", D. Hume
"The Force of Law", F. Schauer
"The Priority of Democracy to Philosophy", R. Rorty
Terry Eagleton - Marx and Morality