Syllabus PHI 3301–01 Moral Philosophy Fall 2017 / MWF 10:10-11:00 a.m. / 108 Morrison Hall page 2 of 8 Both Aristotle and Aquinas emphasize the roles of right reason, eudaimonia (human flourishing/well-being), virtues and vices, and character formation in the moral life. Aquinas is a Christian and attempts to synthesize revelation and a biblical view of morality with the classical philosophical tradition. For example, how does the Christian idea of God and God’s gracious activity change the way we understand human happiness, virtue and vice, and true community? Class teaching strategies (pedagogy) include lectures and the Socratic method of intellectual conversation, organized around key questions. On occasion we will employ alternative pedagogical methods such as small group learning activities. It is important for everyone to contribute to class discussion in a constructive way. You are expected to come to class having read and thought about the material. In addition, come ready to contribute something of yourself by asking questions, making observations or advancing an argument about what we read and what we are discussing in class. Coming to class prepared and willing to engage your colleagues and their ideas in a sincere, helpful way is an expression of charity and charity (a certain kind of love), according to Aquinas, is the central moral virtue. T EXTBOOKS R EQUIRED : You should purchase the books by Nietzsche, Aristotle and Aquinas listed below for this course. It will be very advantageous to have the specific editions indicated here, since they contain helpful introductions and the same pagination that other students will be using. The books by Kant and Mill are available via Internet at the sites listed below. We will be studying them carefully in the order listed. Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morality, edited by Keith Ansell-Pearson, revised student edition (Cambridge University Press, 2007) ISBN-13: 978-0521691635. (Hereafter, “ GM .”) Immanuel Kant, Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals , in the version by Jonathan Bennett presented at . (Hereafter, “ GMM .”) John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism , in the version by Jonathan Bennett presented at . (Hereafter, “ U .”) Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics, translated by Terence Irwin (Hackett). (Hereafter, “ NE .”) Thomas Aquinas, Disputed Questions on the Virtues, translated by Jeffrey Hause and Claudia Eisen Murphy (Hackett Publishing Company, 2010) ISBN-13: 978-0872209251 . (Hereafter, “ DQ .”) O PTIONAL BUT H ELPFUL ( AND I NEXPENSIVE ) O VERVIEWS OF THE H ISTORY OF E THICS : Terence Irwin, The Development of Ethics: A Historical and Critical Study—Volume I: From Socrates to the Reformation; Volume II: From Suarez to Rousseau; and Volume III: From Kant to Rawls (Oxford University Press, 2007-2009) [electronic resource in Baylor Library] Alasdair MacIntyre, A Short History of Ethics: A History of Moral Philosophy from the Homeric Age to the Twentieth Century , second edition (University of Notre Dame Press, 1998) ISBN-13: 978-0268017590 2
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