Jean Valerie Roberts
Development of moral thought from Socrates through the Stoics. Particular emphasis on the ethical writings of Plato and Aristotle.
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; "Republic", C.D.C. Reeve, translator; "Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics", David Ross and Lesley Brown, translators; "The Swerve: How the World Became Modern", Stephen Greenblatt; "The Epicurus Reader: Selected Writings and Testimonia", Brad Inwood and Lloyd P. Gerson, eds.; "The Stoic Reader: Selected Writings and Testimonia", Brad Inwood and Lloyd P. Gerson, eds.
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