PHIL 340 A: History of Ancient Ethics

Meeting Time: 
MWF 10:00am - 11:20am
MGH 254
Jean Roberts
Jean Roberts

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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; Plato, Republic, C.D.C. Reeve, translator; Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics, David Ross and Lesley Brown, translators.

Catalog Description: 
Development of moral thought from Socrates through the Stoics. Particular emphasis on the ethical writings of Plato and Aristotle.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Writing (W)
Last updated: 
August 2, 2019 - 9:18pm