202735 Social and Cultural Philosophy: Action and Ethics in a Digitalized World

summer semester 2021 | Last update: 06.08.2020 Place course on memo list
Social and Cultural Philosophy: Action and Ethics in a Digitalized World
SE 2
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  • Familiarity with key questions and methods in practical philosophy
  • Familiarity with important questions raised by digitalization
  • Development of capacities of critical reflection and analysis

The increasing digitalization of our society upends many traditional forms of thought and action. This yields risks but also opportunities. The present generation has both the opportunity and the responsibility to understand as well as shape these developments. Armed with the tools of applied ethics, we will discuss such questions as the following: What does a meaningful life in a digitalized world look like? What factors determine our right to digital privacy? Should killer robots ever be used in war zones? In our age of „fake news“, is there any such thing as objective journalism? What is the effect of digitalization on democracy? Who bears responsibility for self-driving cars? What does friendship mean in an online context? Students will not only discuss these and similar important questions, they will develop the critical thinking abilities needed to negotiate life in a digitalized world.

Student presentations and discussion.

3 essays.

Will be discussed in the first lesson.

For Bachelor's Programme in  Philosophy at the Catholic Theology Faculty (C 033 194): positive completion of compulsory modules 2 and 3.

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This course is organized in cooperation with the Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule Brixen. Please note that for admission you have to be a registered student of the Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule Brixen (incl. tuition fee), additionally to the admission requirements of the University of Innsbruck. More information on the admission in Brixen: http://www.hs-itb.it/de/hochschulstudium/philosophie-studieren-in-brixen.html.

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