PHIL 334
Greek and Roman Ethics Spring 2010
Division II Writing Skills
Cross-listed PHIL 334 / CLAS 334
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Most thoughtful human beings spend a good deal of time musing about how we ought to live. The philosophers of ancient Greece and Rome were among the first thinkers to develop rigorous arguments in response to such musings. While ancient scientific theories and the philosophical systems constructed in accordance with these theories might be of interest only to scholars of the ancient world, the moral philosophy produced in Greece and Rome remains as relevant today as it was when it was written. In this course, we will closely examine some central texts in ancient moral philosophy. We will begin by reading several of Plato’s early dialogues and the entirety of his Republic. We will then turn to Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, as well as selections from his Eudemian Ethics, Magna Moralia and Politics. Finally we will examine some central texts in the Stoic and Epicurean traditions, as well as some of Cicero’s contributions to moral philosophy. We will pay special attention to how different thinkers conceive of the nature of happiness, the nature of virtue, and the relation between the two. We will also spend a good deal of time thinking about the moral psychology of the thinkers we read.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 10-15
Class#: 3027
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: several short response pieces, two 10-page papers which will involve substantial revision in light of instructor feedback, active participation in seminar meetings
Prerequisites: Philosophy 221 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Philosophy and Classics majors
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under PHIL; meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under CLAS
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
PHIL 334 Division II CLAS 334 Division I

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