4007702: FU_Philosophy and Human Values

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Semester:WS 15/16
Lektionen / Semester:28.0 L / 21.0 h
Selbststudium:69.0 h



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Masterstudium Information Systems (01.09.2015)
Masterstudium Finance (01.09.2015)
Masterstudium Entrepreneurship (01.09.2015)


This course looks at a wide range of philosophical topics that deal with human relations to the world from an ethical perspective. Those relations concern here in particular: the environment, political authority, art, and culture. Hence, topics touch on mainly environmental ethics (sustainability), aesthetics (beauty and goodness), political ethics (legitimacy of the state, ethics of redistribution), ethics of culture (cultural relativism vs. universalism, dialogue across cultures), etc.
Our focus will be on cornerstone philosophical theories and insights that are useful for understanding not only our relations to the world, but also our obligations and responsibility. To achieve that we'll engage with great philosophers and assess their arguments against the background of our contemporary questions.
Challenging reading materials will help access deep philosophical insights that are needed to understand complex moral and socio-political issues.

This course is meant to bring forth the relevance of a philosophical thinking in matters that concern our everyday practical lives. By investigating the foundations of the above-mentioned issues, we'll be better equipped to understand the world around us and formulate clear and well-articulated answers and opinions about matters that concern us all.


Students will be able to:

  • Describe and familiarize with traditional and contemporary philosophical theories, particularly their ethical aspects.
  • Understand how philosophical insights and theories may be applied to real-life situations and how they can be helpful to tackle them.
  • Identify the connections between theoretical reflections and practical applications.
  • Formulate well-articulated positions and develop a critical thinking about moral and socio-political issues.



Lectures, discussions, presentations

Voraussetzungen (inhaltlich)







Assessment tasks:
Reading assignments and active participation in class.
Compulsory attendance (min. 80%)


passed / failed

  • Course based on continuous assessment, details see under "assessment".
  • Meeting attendance obligations is an essential pre-requisite for successfully completing a course based on continuous assessment.
  • Attendance must be proven for at least 80% of the stipulated contact time. Responsibility for checking and providing written proof of this obligatory attendance lies with the course lecturer who is required to store this information at least until the end of the semester.
  • In the case of absenteeism that exceeds the specified limits of absence, a medical certificate is required. Responsibility lies with the head of the Coordination Office for Cross-Faculty Elective Subjects to approve the reason for the student's failure to attend.
  • Participation in other activities of the university are not recognized as an excused absence.


Fakultätsübergreifendes Wahlfach:
Es gelten spezielle Anmeldemodalitäten.


  • P-FU_Philosophy and Human Values (WS 15/16, in Planung)