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Our Duties to Animal and the Poor (2016/17)

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Wymagania wstępne

English – communicative


The main aim of the course is to make students interested in ethical debates on the ethical issues related to extreme poverty and so called “animal ethics”. Students are also supposed to get knowledge about the most important ethical positions regarding these issues. Additional aim of the course is to encourage students to conduct further, independent research on these issues as well as taking part in ethical discussions.

Treści kształcenia

During the lecture we will focus on the points listed below. Some of them will take more than one meeting:
1. Equality. Are all the people equal? Are all the animals equal?
2. Animals' exploitation
3. Animal rights
4. Our duties to the animals (Christian thought engaging philosophy)
5. Extreme poverty
6. Arguments for and against helping the poor
7. Christian solution to world's poverty
8. Peter Singer's solution to world's poverty
9. Effective altruism

Efekty kształcenia

(K_W05). Knows general state of research in the area of selected contemporary problems in applied ethics: poverty and animal ethics

Sposoby sprawdzania i warunki zaliczenia

Speaking exam
At least 2 weeks before the end of term a date of exam will be determined. During the exam, students will be asked 3 questions related to the knowledge provided during the lecture. The aim of the questions is to check if the students met the course objectives.

Erasmus students will be obliged to write an end-term essay. Additional information will be provided in the beginning of the course (+1 ECTS)

Lektury podstawowe

1. P. Singer, The Life You Can Save, London 2009.
2. P. Singer, The Most Good You Can Do, Yale 2015.
3. P. Singer, L. Gruen, Animal liberation. A graphic guide, London 1987.
4. C. Camosy, Peter Singer and Christian Ethics. Beyond Polarization, New York 2012.
5. C. Camosy, For love of Animals. Christian Ethics. Consistent Action, New York 2013.
6. And some short extracts from other books including Laudato Si by pope Francis, Catechism of the Catholic Church, Practical Ethics by P. Singer, and others.


Your active participation is expected. Also, there will be some short pieces of writings to read before each meeting. Erasmus students will recive additional ECTS point for an end-term essay.