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PH45AV: ANCIENT ETHICS (2014-2015)

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Course Overview

Do we always have an overriding reason to be moral? Would we have such a reason if we were guaranteed that we could get away with doing evil? What is the difference between a good and a bad person? What is the difference between a good and a bad life? How important is pleasure to happiness? To what extent is our happiness up to us? What is the relationship between virtue and happiness? Can virtue be taught? This course will attempt to address these questions through close-reading and discussion of responses offered by three philosophical giants: Socrates, Aristotle, and Plato

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Nate Jezzi

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Course Description

This course explores some of the main ethical topics debated in Greek philosophy in its first 500 years, covering some of the main schools and philosophers (Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, the Epicureans). Through close readings of primary texts, student-led discussions, and short writing assignments, students will grapple with classical ethical questions.

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1st Attempt - One 2500-3000 word essay 50% + One 2 hour written exam 50% Resit - There is no resit for Level 4 students. Compensatory credit may be awarded at level 1. In line with School Policy, failure to submit a component piece of assessed work, or submitting a token piece, will result in the withdrawal of the class certificate (students are not eligible for resit).

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