6128 Research Seminar
Univ.Prof. Dr. Sarah Spiekermann-Hoff
Contact details
Hannah Waltl, Institute for IS & Society, e-mail:
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
02/01/22 to 02/27/22
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Day Date Time Room
Wednesday 03/02/22 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM D2.2.094
Wednesday 03/09/22 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM D2.2.094
Wednesday 04/06/22 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM D2.2.094
Wednesday 05/04/22 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM D2.2.094
Wednesday 06/15/22 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM D2.2.094
Monday 06/20/22 01:30 PM - 04:00 PM D2.1.062

This PhD research seminar will give an introduction to some key ethical principles and theories developed by some of the greatest philosophers of the Western civilization, including Aristoteles, Kant, Bergson, Fichte, Hegel, Rousseau and Mill. 7 key passages from the most famous works of these philosophers are read and discussed. The implications for business ethics and management practice are pulled out.

Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes of this seminar are

  • an understanding of key ethical theories as proposed by soem of Europe's grandest philosophers (Kant, Mill, Aristoteles, Bergson, Fichte, Rousseau)
  • an understanding of how these ethical theories can play a role in business ethics and management
Attendance requirements

Ph.D. students are required to attend the two-day intensive workshop in December.

Teaching/learning method(s)

PhD research seminar participants are receiving 7 short original philosophical texts written by Kant, Fichte, Aristoteles, Bergson, Mill and Rousseau. Everyone is asked to prepare a 1-page summary of the core ideas of each of the 7 texts. This preparation serves as preparation for a 2-day intensive workshop in December where the texts are jointly discussed. At the workshop each participant has the responsibility to prepare a presentation on one philosopher and guide (with the help of this presentation) the two-hour discussion foressen on the respective philosopher's well as one presentation of one philosopher's text presented to the group.Kant, Aristoteles, Fichte, Mill, Hegel and Bergson


The quality of 1-page preparation (50%) and presentation of one philosopher by each partcipant (50%).

Recommended previous knowledge and skills



Availability of lecturer(s)

Last edited: 2022-09-18