GOV 335M • Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics-W
CANCELLED This course will proceed through a close reading of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, the foundational work for his political philosopy and for much of subsequent political thought, followed by key portions of his Politics. Themes from the Ethics will include human nature, the relation of virtue to happiness, courage and the other moral virtues, justice, natural right, moral and criminal responsibility, practical wisdom or prudence, and the relative merits of the poltical and philosphic lives. Themes from the Politics will include the naturalness of political life, the family, slavery, the relation between economic development and moral virtue in a polity, Aristotle's relative assessments of aristocracy, monarchy, and democracy, his arguments for the mixed regime, and his thoughts on foreign policy. Students will write weekly 1-page papers and a term paper. Contains a substantial writing component and fulfills part of the basic education requirement in writing. Course number may be repeated for credit when the topics vary.
10 weekly 1-page papers 1 final 10-page paper
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics. Aristotle, Politics.