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Lehrveranstaltungen im Sommersemester 2017

Prof. Dr. Julian Nida-Rümelin

Dr. Christine Bratu

Dr. Fiorella Battaglia

Dr. Rebecca Gutwald

Dr. Nikil Mukerji

Lehrveranstaltung im SoSe 2018 an der VIU, Italien:

"Versions of Realism"



Venice International University

Participants: Apart from the students of VIU, participants from LMU München are welcome. The total number of students should not exceed 25.

How to register: In order to sign up for this seminar, please write a short letter of intent (not more than 350 words) stating why you are interested in the topic of Versions of Realism and whether you are already familiar with it. Please send your letter to mario.guenther1@gmx.de before 31.01.2018. Participation is conditional on acceptance.

Course description:

Moral realists ascribe equal status to the nature of knowledge in the human, social and natural sciences. Thereby, they challenge the mainstream thesis in the human and social sciences that knowledge is socially constructed. In this seminar, we will investigate versions of moral realism as opposed to constructivism and relativism. Moreover, the investigation will be pertinent not only to moral realism, but to the epistemological status of scientific theories as well. The questions to be addressed are: How are facts constituted? Are there differences between natural and moral facts? Are moral statements true or false? Is epistemic justification a real, mind-independent property? Are ordinary canons of moral reasoning reliable methods for achieving moral knowledge? Is there a common epistemological ground for disagreements on moral realism?

Relevant articles, books and anthologies include:

Boghossian, Paul, Fear of Knowledge: Against Relativism and Constructivism, Oxford University Press, 2006.

Floridi, Luciano, A Defence of Informational Structural Realism, Synthese 2008.

Frigg, Roman and Votsis, Ioannis, Everything you always wanted to know about structural realism but were afraid to ask, in Euro Jnl Phil Sci (2011) 1:227–276.

Hacking, Ian, The Social Construction of What?, Harvard University Press, 2000.

Latour, Bruno/ Woolgar, Steven, Labatory Life: The Construction of Scientific Facts, Princeton University Press, 1986.

McDowell, John, Mind and World, Harvard University Press, 1994.

Murdoch, Iris, The Sovereignty of Good, Routledge, 1970.

Nida-Rümelin, Julian, Ethische Essays, Suhrkamp, 2002.

Nida-Rümelin, Julian, Humanistische Reflexionen, Berlin, 2016.

Nida-Rümelin, Julian, Moralische Tatsachen, in: von der Pfordten, Dietmar (Ed.). Moralischer Realismus? Mentis, 2015.

Platts, Mark, Moral Realities, Routledge, 1991.

Rorty, Richard, Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature, 1981.

Searle, John, The construction of social reality, The Free Press, 1995.

Wiggins, David, Needs, Values and Truth, Oxford University Press, 1998.

Wright, Crispin, Truth and Objectivity, Harvard University Press, 1992.


Prof. Dr. Nida-Rümelin ist federführend für den Executive-Studiengang Philosophie-Politik-Wirtschaft; der erste berufsbegleitende Weiterbildungsstudiengang an der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU).