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Moral Philosophy and Islamic Ethics

A Short Online Course on

Moral Philosophy and Islamic Ethics

10 Weekly Sessions (two-hours each)

First Session:

Monday the 24th of January 2022

Lecturer: Prof. Mohsen Javadi

 Course fee: £50

This introductory course deals with the main problems of moral philosophy including metaethical issues and normative ethical theories. The first part of each session focuses on the current debates on the issue and the second part examines the relevant Islamic views. There are a multitude of books and papers related to this course but our emphasis will be on the following books:

Moral Vision: An Introduction to Ethics, David McNaughton

Living Ethics, An Introduction with Readings, Russ Shafer-Landau, Oxford, 2019

Ethics, William K. Frankena, second edition, Prentice Hall 1973

The Refinement of Character: Tahdhib Al-Akhlaaq, Ibn Miskawayh

Reason and Tradition in Islamic Ethics, George F Hourani

Ethical Theories in Islam, Majid Fakhry


About the lecturer:


Dr Mohsen Javadi is currently a professor at the Ethics Department in the University of Qom. He received his MA in theology from the University of Qom (1994) and his PhD in philosophy from University of Tehran (1999).  He has written extensively on philosophical issues and has published six books and more than 50 papers in Farsi. Some of his Farsi publications have been translated into other languages.

Here are some of his most cited works:

  1. Mas’aleh-ye Bayad va Hast (The Is/Ought Problem) (Qom: Daftar-e Tablighat, 1375/1996)
  2. “Ibn Sina and the Status of Moral Sentences”, Topi26 (2007)
  3. “Moral Epistemology in Muslim Ethics” Andisheh Dini, 11(1383/ 2004)
  4. “Spiritual Medicine in the Muslim World with Special Emphasis on Razi’s Book” in A Shared Legacy: Islamic Science East and West, Barcelona: Edicions de la Universitat de Barcelona, 2008.
  5. Ethics as a branch of Philosophy, Journal of Al- Mustafa, V.1, N.1, 2012
  6. “The Coherence of Medical Ethics and Islamic Jurisprudence,” in Alireza Bagheri (ed.). Biomedical Ethics in Iran: An Application of Islamic Bioethics. 2014. Christchurch: Eubios Ethics Institute.
  7. “Ethics as a branch of Philosophy,” Journal of Al- Mustafa, V.1, N.1, 2012


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