Universität Wien

010109 SE What is human ? (2021W)

On the relationship between anthropology and ethics as reflected in interdisciplinary approaches

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



ATTENTION: During the lockdown starting on November 22, the seminar will be held in an online mode. Please use the access provided on moodle.
The seminar will be held in the presence mode. In case of a deterioration of the COVID-10 situation, the method will switch to simultaneous online teaching. Those students who cannot participate in a presence mode due to medical reasons should contact Prof. Müller in advance: sigrid.mueller@univie.ac.at. In case the number of participants exceeds the capacity of the room, a simultaneous system of in presence and online will be enabled and individual presence or online participation will be fixed in the first seminar meeting.


Aims, contents and method of the course

In the Corona pandemic, it became clear that the well-being of human beings depends to a large extent on the fact that certain processes are possible that constitute being human and allow existence to be perceived as human. The seminar takes this observation as a starting point and asks what is human. This fundamental anthropological question is highly relevant if we want to shape even difficult times in such a way that people can lead good lives and live meaningfully. Nevertheless, it is not easy to determine what is human, because today's images of humanity are very diverse. Therefore, the seminar will take different approaches to ask what constitutes the human. Therefore, scholars with different areas of expertise will be involved. Among others, philosophical, evolutionary-biological, psychological and theological approaches will be discussed in order to get on the track of the phenomenon of the human and the question of what this then means for the design of an ethics.

Assessment and permitted materials

Required during the seminar, in addition to active participation, is a short presentation or class minutes and a written seminar paper.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Regular attendance (10%), short presentation or class minutes (30%), written seminar paper (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, - active and regular participation (if you have to miss a unit, please excuse in writing).
- the discussion paper (short presentation) should contain central points of the ethical problem and stimulate discussion; a lesson protocol should reflect the central points of a presentation and the discussion and identify ethically relevant questions.
- in the context of a seminar paper, a sub-topic from the context of the seminar is to be written with reference to relevant secondary literature in the scope of 15 pages (incl. title page, table of contents and LIterature).

Reading list

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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