Ethics - 2nd semester


At the end of the course students should be prepared to access the fundamental concepts used in the contemporary discussions on ethics. They should be also apt to argue in favour or against the main theories and stances in ethics regarding the solution of central ethical issues.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Susana Cadilha


Weekly - 4

Total - Available soon

Teaching language



Not applicable


• Aristóteles (384-322 a. C.), Ética a Nicómaco, trad. António Caeiro, Lisboa: Quetzal, 2004
• The Nichomachean Ethics, trad. David Ross, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1980.
• David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature (1739) London: Penguin Books, 1969.
• David Hume, Tratado da Natureza Humana, trad. Maria B. Nizza da Silva, J. Paulo Monteiro, Lisboa: Gulbenkian, 1999
• I. Kant, Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals – A German-English Edition (1785), trad. Mary Gregor and Jens Tinmermann, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.
• I. Kant, Fundamentação da Metafísica dos Costumes, Lisboa: Ed. 70, trad. Paulo Quintela, 2011
• John Stuart Mill (1859), On Liberty, London: Penguin Books, 1974

Teaching method

The classes will be based on the analysis and discussion of some fundamental texts and authors in classical ethics as weel as in contemporary authors.

Evaluation method

Evaluation will be based on the level and quality of participation,and on a final written proof

Subject matter


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