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Ethics for the Anthropocene

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Course title: Ethics for the Anthropocene
Name in Polish: Ethics for the Anthropocene
Organizational unit: Center for Ecology and Ecophilosophy
Course groups: (in Polish) Grupa przedmiotów ogólnouczelnianych - obszar nauk humanistycznych i społecznych (studia I st. i JM)
(in Polish) Przedmioty ogólnouczelniane
(in Polish) Zajęcia w językach obcych w Instytucie Ekologii i Bioetyki
ECTS credit allocation (and other scores): (not available) Basic information on ECTS credits allocation principles:
  • the annual hourly workload of the student’s work required to achieve the expected learning outcomes for a given stage is 1500-1800h, corresponding to 60 ECTS;
  • the student’s weekly hourly workload is 45 h;
  • 1 ECTS point corresponds to 25-30 hours of student work needed to achieve the assumed learning outcomes;
  • weekly student workload necessary to achieve the assumed learning outcomes allows to obtain 1.5 ECTS;
  • work required to pass the course, which has been assigned 3 ECTS, constitutes 10% of the semester student load.

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Short description:

The aim of the lecture is to present Anthropocene as a new geological era, introducing the ethical consequences of naming the era after a human being. As is said in Hans Jonas’ book “The Imperative of Responsibility”, the bigger power one has the bigger is his responsibility. This is the motto of the lecture. During the course we will focus mostly on ethical challenges in the age of man: especially on those connected with globalization, ability to interfere into nature (including animals) as well as the problem of the globalization of responsibility through expanding the circle of those included into our ethical consideration.

Full description:

1. Introduction to Anthropocene (2 hours)

2. Introduction to ethics (6 hours)

3. Ethical challenges of Anthropocene:

a. Environmental ethics (6 hours)

b. Environmental virtue Ethics (4 hours)

c. Human being toward non-human beings (4 hours)

4. Methodology of academic writing and presentation of individual essays (8 hours)


Cafaro P., Ronald Sandler (eds.), Environmental Virtue Ethics, Littlefield Press 2005.

Di Paola, Marcello (2015): Virtues for the Anthropocene. In: environ values 24 (2), S. 183–207

Dzwonkowska D., (2016), Space for oikos, in: Returning to the Οἶκος. Ways to Recover our Common Home, (eds.) J. I. Kureethadam, Z. Łepko, R. F. Sadowski, Rome: LAS, pp. 156-172.

Dzwonkowska D., 2017, Environmental Ethics in Poland, "Journal of Agricultural and Environmnetal Ethics", 2017, DOI 10.1007/s10806-017-9659-6.

Dzwonkowska D., (2013), Virtue and vice in environmental discourse, “Studia Ecologiae et Bioethicae” 11/4: 61-76

Sandler Ronald, Environmental Character: A Virtue-Oriented Approach to Environmental Ethics, Columbia University Press, 2007

Singer Peter, The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism Is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically

Williams, M., Zalasiewicz J., Haywood, A. & Ellis M. (eds) 2011. The Anthropocene: a new epoch of geological time? Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society 369A, 833-1112.

Efekty kształcenia i opis ECTS:

Knowledge - after the course student knows about main theoretical issues discussed in contemporary ethics

Skills - a student is able to understand moral obligations towards nature, society and other beings

competencies - student applies moral competences in his/her actions

Assessment methods and assessment criteria:

Students are obliged to write a philosophical essay. The grade will depend on the presence at lectures, results of the test covering material presented at lectures, and the student's ability to express and prove his/her point of view on the essay's subject.

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