Universität Wien

010109 SE Catholic moral theology from the perspective of its critics (2021S)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 1 - Katholische Theologie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


Language: German



Aufgrund der derzeitigen COVID-Bestimmungen dürfen Seminare im Sommersemester nur online abgehalten werden.


Aims, contents and method of the course

Moral Theology usually teaches the Catholic tradition of moral thought. This seminar intents to look at it through the eyes of its critics. We will read selected authors from today back to the times of the Reformation and try to understand the conflicting positions. An introduction will be given on each of the major topics, after which we enter into a text-based discussion about the ethical questions.
A starting point will be the present discussion about assisted suicide, as it is presented in Austria's Constitutional Tribunal, we will end with discussions in the time of the Reformation about how free human beings are and which role grace can play for human actions.
Some of the authors are available only in English, this is why this seminar has been announced as an English seminar. When we talk about the texts, we will use both German and English.
The seminar will be held in presence or hybrid, if necessary. If COVID regulations require it, we will switch to digital-synchrone online teaching.

Assessment and permitted materials

Texts must be read before the seminar. Requirements: contributions to discussions, regular short input or guidance for discussion on text passages, seminar paper that compares the argument of two authors.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

- regular tasks regarding the seminar need to be performed (e.g. short introductions, guided reading) (40%)
- written comparison of the arguments of two authors (60%)

Examination topics

- regular and active participation (please excuse yourself via e-mail from participation)
- oral paper should present key points and stimulate discussion
- instruction of common reading: structure the text in sense units, summarize text in your own words, stimulate discussion by formulating questions
- seminar paper that compares the arguments of two opposing authors with reference to related secondary literature, 8-10 pages

Reading list

Stephan Ernst, Am Anfang und Ende des Lebens. Grundfragen medizinischer Ethik, Freiburg/Basel/Wien 2020, 175-203.
Peter H. Sedgwick, The Origins of Anglican Moral Theology, Brill: Leiden/Boston 2019, 315-354.
Jeremy Taylor, The Whole Works, ed. Reginald Weber; rev. ed. Charles Page, 10 vols., Olms (reprint of London: Longman, Brown and Green 1852), Hildesheim 1970.

Association in the course directory

für 011 (15W) FTH 17 oder FTH 26, 198 418 BA UF RK 16, 199 518 MA UF RK 02 oder RK 05, 033 195 (17W) BRP 18krp, BRP 18ktb, auslaufende Studienpläne: für 011 (11W) D31 oder DAM,

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