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Introduction to Ethics - YBAJ027
Title: Introduction to Ethics
Guaranteed by: Programme Liberal Arts and Humanities (24-SHVAJ)
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Actual: from 2023
Semester: summer
E-Credits: 4
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:2/0, MC [HS]
Extent per academic year: 26 [hours]
Capacity: 20 / unknown (20)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
Key competences:  
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: Mgr. Stanislav Synek, Ph.D.
Teacher(s): Mgr. Stanislav Synek, Ph.D.
Class: Courses available to incoming students
Incompatibility : YBF412
Annotation -
The course offers an elementary insight into basic ethical concepts of western philosophy.
Last update: Synek Stanislav, Mgr., Ph.D. (09.09.2020)


  • Aristotle. books I-III, VI, X. In Aristotelés. Nicomachean Ethics . New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, s. -. ISBN 0-19-875271-7..
  • Platón. Euthyphro ; Apology ; Crito ; Phaedo ; Phaedrus. Cambridge, Massachusetts ; London, England: Harvard University Press, 1995, 583 s. ISBN 0-674-99040-4.
  • Nietzsche, Friedrich. On the genealogy of morality. Cambridge ; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007, 195 s. ISBN 978-0-521-69163-5.
  • Epiktétos. Encheiridion. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1998, 2 s. ISBN 978-0-674-99240-5.
  • Diogenes Laertios. book X (Epicurus: Letter to Menoikeus). In Diogenés Laertios. Lives of eminent philosophers . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013, s. -. ISBN 978-0-521-88681-9..
  • Mill, J. S.. Utilitarianism. In Mill, John Stuart. On liberty and utilitarianism . New York: Bantam Books, 1993, s. -. ISBN 0-553-21414-4..
  • Hume, David. An enquiry concerning the principles of morals : a critical edition. : , 1998, 308 s. ISBN 978-0-19-926633-3.

Last update: Synek Stanislav, Mgr., Ph.D. (09.09.2020)
Teaching methods

Weekly assignments in moodle: link here.

Last update: Synek Stanislav, Mgr., Ph.D. (19.02.2024)
Syllabus - Czech
  1. Plato I: What is virtue?
  2. Plato II: Caring for the soul
  3. Aristotle I: Eudaimonia
  4. Aristotle II: Moral virtue, rational virtue
  5. Aristotle III: Action and choice
  6. Epikúros
  7. Hellenistic schools and stoics
  8. D. Hume I: Freedom and necessity
  9. D. Hume II: moral sense
  10. Utilitarianism
  11. I. Kant: The good will
  12. I. Kant: Freedom alias duty
  13. F. Nietzsche: Genealogy of Morality
Last update: Synek Stanislav, Mgr., Ph.D. (09.09.2020)
Course completion requirements
  1. Assignments (see moodle)
  2. Colloquium
  3. [OPTIONAL instead of the assignments] Essay (6-10 standard pages; 1 standard page = cca 1.800 characters)

In the colloquium, we will discuss partially the essay, partially own readings of compulsory literature.

The student is required to read and study at least 6 titles from the list of compulsory literature.

Last update: Synek Stanislav, Mgr., Ph.D. (19.02.2024)
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