Thursday 2.00 - 4.00
This ten week course is on Aristotle’s ethics. Our text is the Nicomachean Ethics (as against a second treatise on ethics that Aristotle wrote – namely the Eudemian Ethics – and as against the so-called Magna Moralia, which is a book on ethics that may or may not be by Aristotle). The influence of Aristotle’s ethical thought and the Nicomachean Ethics specifically has been, and still is, huge. Matters at issue include; the role of character and of the flourishing within ethics; the nature of human flourishing; how objective ‘naturalistic’ ethics can be; the relation between excellence and morality; the famous doctrine of ‘the mean’.
Recommended book for the course: Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, revised edition, edited and translated by R. Crisp, Cambridge University Press, 2004, ISBN 1107612233/9781107612235. The Crisp edition includes an analysis of the text. The reading for week 1 is Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, book 1.