Philosophy 301: Ethics

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Philosophy 301: Ethics considers the fundamental question of human life of what man ought to do based primarily on study of the text of Aristotle's Nichomachean Ethics.


Having considered the nature of man in PHL 201, we move on in PHL 301 to a consideration of the proper action of man that follows upon his nature. Ethics is the study of human acts as they are ordered to the full flourishing of man on the natural level. Since happiness (under one name or another) is the ultimate end sought by all, ethics deals perforce with the question: What is happiness and how does one attain it? This inquiry necessarily leads to related topics, such as mistaken notions of happiness, the moral and intellectual virtues and their corresponding vices, justice, friendship, and the natural moral law.

Texts Used

  • Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics
  • St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae I-II, selections

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