Universität Wien FIND

030352 SE Ethical Perspectives on the Law II: Morality as a Problem (2021S)

for diploma and doctoral students

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 3 - Rechtswissenschaften
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).


max. 20 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 11.03. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital (Kickoff Class)
Thursday 10.06. 09:00 - 18:00 Digital
Friday 11.06. 09:00 - 18:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

Can morality be immoral or in any other respect be problematic? According to critics of morality it can. Ruminations of ancient sophists aside, the critique of morality makes its first strong appearance in Hegel’s Phenomenology of the Sprit and his Philosophy of Law. His major charge is that of duplicity and hypocrisy. Then follows Nietzsche, according to whom morality is a spiritually refined form of vengeance that the weak engage in order to get at the strong. Nietzsche’s genealogical approach appears to have inspired Freud’s work on the origin of the superego. A more recent critique of morality is to be encountered in Luhmann’s reflections on the topic. The seminar will explore this field with an eye to whether the law can salvage us form the pitfalls and meanness of morality.
Aims: Introduction to critique of morality and discussion of "moralism" with regard to law.

Assessment and permitted materials

Oral presentation on a topic of the seminar, seminar paper of roughly 12-15 pages, unless you decide to prepare a „Diplomseminararbeit“. The much more demanding requirements for the Diplomseminararbeit will be set out on the Moodle page.
class participation.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Compulsory attendance at all dates , Oral presentation on a topic of the seminar, seminar paper of roughly 12-15 pages, unless you decide to prepare a „Diplomseminararbeit“. However, a "Diplomseminararbeit" can only be written after submission of a letter of motivation and consultation with Prof. Somek.

Examination topics

entspricht dem gewählten Thema

Reading list

To be announced in the course of the first meeting.

Association in the course directory

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