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Jean Valerie Roberts
PHIL 340
Seattle Campus

History of Ancient Ethics

Development of moral thought from Socrates through the Stoics. Particular emphasis on the ethical writings of Plato and Aristotle.

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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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Last Update by Annette R. Bernier
Date: 06/05/2013