Search | Directories | Reference Tools
UW Home > Discover UW > Student Guide > Course Catalog 

Instructor Class Description

Time Schedule:

Stephen M. Gardiner
PHIL 401
Seattle Campus

Advanced Topics in Philosophy

A study of philosophical topics at the advanced level. Topics vary.

Class description

In her seminal essay, ‘Modern Moral Philosophy’ Elizabeth Anscombe voiced some major dissatisfactions with the contemporary debate in ethical theory and advocated a return to the approach to ethics put forward by the Ancient Greek philosophers, and Aristotle in particular. Anscombe’s complaints and her positive suggestion have since spawned a contemporary revival of “virtue ethics”. In this class, we will consider the reasons for the revival, the theoretical features thought to be characteristic of virtue ethics, its alleged advantages, and some major criticisms. TEXTS: Virtue Ethics, Roger Crisp and Michael Slote, eds.; On Virtue Ethics, Rosalind Hursthouse; Virtue Ethics, Old and New, Stephen Gardiner, ed.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Annette R. Bernier
Date: 02/11/2010