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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

Globalization dramatically changed the environment of political and economic activity, widening the context of social action and speeding up its pace. This course intends to tackle the new ethical issues inherent in a globalized world of social change from a theoretical perspective, without neglecting the historical side. At the end of the course the student a) has a deeper appreciation of the new ethical issues facing mankind in an era of globalization; b) has knowledge of the most interesting contemporary theories of the just society; c) is capable of historically situating the current developments in society.

Course contents

In the course we will examine three broad themes connected to the contemporary geo-political circumstances: the question of the just society, the dilemmas of globalization and environmental ethics. We will examine how and to what extent globalization has changed politics and, strictly connected to this question, the issue of the just society in such different circumstances, finall, we will tackle the problem of our responsibility towards the environment and towards non-human creatures.


Mandatory readings

P. Singer, One World, (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004).

M. Wolf, Why Globalization Works (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005).

One book to be chosen in the following list

A. MacIntyre, Dependent rational Animals (Lasalle: Opne Court, 2001).

M. Nussbaum, Frontiers of Justice (Cambridge: The Belknap Press, 2007).

J. Rawls, Political Liberalism (New York: Columbia University Press, 1993).

A. Sen, The Idea of Justice (Cambridge: The Belknap Press, 2011).

C. Taylor, Multiculturalism, ed. A. Gutmann (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1994).

Teaching methods

20 lectures of 2 hours each for a total of 40 hours.

The course will be offered in the second semester and will start in February 2019.

Assessment methods

The final exam will consist in an oral discussion at the end of the course. During this discussion the instructor will evaluate the student's ability to identify the central notions of a text, to examine them critically and to argue consistently. Students who attend the classes have the option to write a paper on a subject agreed with the instructor. The final exam will be in English; however, students who prefer to take it in Italian are welcome to do so.

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