Foundations of Ethics for Biotechnology (2019/2020)

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Name of lecturer
Massimiliano Badino
Massimiliano Badino
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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II semestre dal Mar 2, 2020 al Jun 12, 2020.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

This course will outline the main epistemological, metaphysical, social, and ethical issues related to biology. The course material will be historically contextualized from Lamarck to present day. On attending this course, the student will be able to recognize the key moments of the history of biology, to analyze and properly deploy the discipline's central concepts, to compare the standards of scientific conduct, to distinguish and assess the problems of bioethics, to plan and compose an argumentative text.


The course is divided up into two moduli devoted to the foundations of logic and to scientific discourse respectively. The first module is divided into two parts. The first part, constituted by the first 4 lectures, explores the fundamental concepts of the theory of argumentation and introduces students to the organization of an argumentative text. The second part, covering 6 lectures, deals with the pedagogical and formative value of critical thinking and its implementation in the educative paths of primary school.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Borghini Andrea e Casetta Elena Filosofia della biologia Carocci 2013
Pievani, Telmo Introduzione alla filosofia della biologia Laterza 2005
Mariachiara Tallacchini, Fabio Terragni Le biotecnologie. Aspetti etici, sociali e ambientali Bruno Mondadori 2004 88-424-9152-7

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam consists of two parts:

(1) Assignment in the form of a short essay on a subject to be agreed upon with the instructor.
(2) Oral exam.