PHIL 401
Senior Seminar: Contemporary Moral Psychology and Virtue Ethic Fall 2018
Division II Writing Skills
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The seminar will focus on contemporary philosophical work on practical and intellectual virtues considered indispensable for a good, meaningful human life. We will begin by reading selections from seminal ethical writings by Plato, Aristotle and Hume, then move on to the 20th century revival of eudaimonistic and sentimentalist traditions of virtue ethics. Special stress will be placed on discussing the nature of virtues such as integrity, empathy, self-knowledge, authenticity and emotional maturity, and on articulating realistic psychological and social preconditions for their development.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 8-10
Class#: 1989
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: active participation in class discussion; seminar presentations; 10 weekly several short papers; a 12-15-page final paper
Prerequisites: required of all senior philosophy majors
Enrollment Preferences: enrollment is limited to senior philosophy majors
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills

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