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Ethics in Theory and Practice for Cognitive Science Students

SS 2023 Priv.Doz. Dr. phil. Uwe Meyer OFFLINE
B.Sc modules:
CS-BWP-PHIL - Philosophy for Cognitive Science
KOGW-WPM-PHIL - Philosophy of Mind and Cognition

CS-BW - Bachelor elective course
Wed: 10-12

This course can be taken in two variants. The 4 credits variant displayed here counts as a normal seminar for "Philosophy of Cognitive Science", not as an "intensive seminar" (new examination regulation from 2019); it does not require a longer seminar paper. There is also a 6 credits variant for students who want to take it as an "intensive seminar" including a seminar paper. Time, room, and learning group are the same. Both variants are open for all students. The course is on an introductory level. In the first part of the seminar, we will talk about basic and general philosophical approaches to ethics: Consequentialism/utilitarianism, deontological theories, virtue ethics, etc. In the second part, we will discuss more applied topics related to cognitive science: Data ethics, ethical problems concerning highly automated systems like “autonomous cars” or drones, “online friendship”, specific moral problems of Big Data, and the like; also animal testing.