This course will trace the development of ancient Greek ethics from the time of the sophists through the post-Aristotelian Stoics, concentrating on issues such as: the nature of virtue, the roles of reason and of the emotions in virtue, and the relation between virtue and happiness. There will be two short papers, a midterm and a final exam. This course is suitable for non-majors, but at least one previous course in philosophy is very highly recommended. Meets VLPA or I&S requirements. "W" course.
TEXTS: The Trials of Socrates, C.D.C. Reeve, ed.; Laches and Charmides, Rosamund K. Sprague, translator; Republic, C.D.C. Reeve, translator; Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics, David Ross and Lesley Brown, translators; The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, Stephen Greenblatt; The Epicurus Reader: Selected Writings and Testimonia, Brad Inwood and Lloyd P. Gerson, eds.; The Stoic Reader: Selected Writings and Testimonia, Brad Inwood and Lloyd P. Gerson, eds.