Obiettivi formativi del corso

On the affective level
1) Openness to the moral dimension of business activity and to the philosophical explanation of moral experience (Receptivity)
2) Strengthen our positive attitude towards “honesty and justice” (Response)
3) Share the experience and happiness of integrity andof internalized values (Value)
4) Discern concrete situations (Judgement)
5) Foster the ideal of being a “good” person. Form the “second nature” of virtue (Character)

On the cognitive level
6) Explain the relationship between economics and ethics: their historical divorce and their necessary convergence. Some historical visions of ethics and economic activity.
7) Sharpen our knowledge of what ethics mean starting from a critical reflection on our own personal experience.
8) Identify what is needed to make a “just” economical system.
9) Explain the process of concrete ethical decision-making (the role of virtues, conscience and of prudence)


1. Introduction to ethics
2. The relation between economics and ethics
3. The personal experience of the ethical dimension
4. Theories of ethics
5. The virtue of justice
6. The building of character
7. Ethical reasoning and decision-making

Modalità di svolgimento del corso

Class-room exposition and discussion

Modalità di svolgimento dell’esame

oral examination

Testo di riferimento

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