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Lesley Dean-Jones, Chair 2210 Speedway, Mail Code C3400, Austin, TX 78712-1738 • 512-471-5742

Fall 2009

GK 390 • Aristotle Ethics

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
32905 TH
3:30 PM-6:30 PM
WAG 10
S. White

Course Description

The seminar will focus on two topics: pleasure and philia (aka friendship), each both in its own right and in relation to other issues, including virtues of character and thought. The first third of our time will examine the basic structure of Aristotle's ethical theory, principally his eudaimonism and analysis of virtue. The rest of the seminar will examine a) his analysis of pleasure, b) how this analysis informs his evaluation of pleasure, c) his analysis of friendship, d) how this analysis underwrites -- or fails to underwrite -- the special status of friendship, including its relation to pleasure. Grading Policy: 2 response papers, 2 presentations, research paper (tentatively 20-20-60%) Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Eudemian Ethics, and Politics

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