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CSMN4030 – Moral Agency

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The Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature (CSMN) is based at the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas (IFIKK) at the University of Oslo. It is a Center of Excellence mainly funded by the Norwegian Research Council.
The overarching goal is to understand the normative dimensions of the human mind in terms that allow us to see them as integrated parts of the natural world.

The project is structured into three main areas of research: rational, linguistic and moral actions. The Masters courses within the CSMN framework fall into these 3 catagories.

Courses in moral agency cover topics like social and moral norms in intentional action, distributive and political justice, and moral justification. Courses will adrress issues on the interface between philosophy and social sciences.

Learning outcome

The aim is to give students an in depth knowledge of a specific topic within within the philosophical field of moral agency. Through active participation in class and writing of an essay, students will develop the ability to express themselves in academic forms, both orally and in writing.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

Only master degree students in philosophy can formally enroll, and take the course for credit.


Teaching may take the form of ordinary seminars, supervised reading or active participation in CSMNs workshops and seminars, or any combination of the above depending on the length of the seminar or workshop in question. See the semester pages for an exact schedule.

The course has the following compulsory tuition activities:

  • One written summary of a text from the reading list with 3 questions which is also to be presented in class
  • A draft of the semester paper on which all the students will get feedback

In addition all students are expected to attend the meetings on a regular basis and participate actively in the discussions.




A semester paper of aprox. 10 pages.

You must have completed all the compulsory tuition activities to be able to submit your final paper.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

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Special examination arrangements

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This course is offered on an irregular basis.


This course is offered on an irregular basis.

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