Philosophical Theories of Goods. Historical and Systematic Perspectives

New School for Social Research: Philosophy

Liberal Arts
Graduate Course
Degree Students (with Restrictions)
Philosophical Theories of Good
Fall 2023
Taught By:
Section: A

CRN: 15942

Credits: 3

Philosophical theories of the good can be traced back to the time of Plato and Aristotle and have been discussed ever since. The question of goodness has many facets: What is the basic meaning of ‚good‘? What does really count in our lives? Which goods are ‚intrinsic', which are ‚ultimate‘? Is there something like an ‚absolute good‘ (a claim recently denied, e.g., by Richard Kraut)? How is the ‚moral good‘ related to the ‚prudential good‘? What constitutes the goodness of something: subjective taste or objective accuracy of fit? In this course, we will discuss texts by Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Hobbes, Kant, Nietzsche, G.E. Moore, and then turn to contemporary debates about the good. This course will be taught by the NSSR distinguished Visiting Heuss Professor Christoph Horn.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Philosophy (GPHI)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Lecture (L)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 25

Add/Drop Deadline: September 11, 2023 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 19, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 4:54am EDT 5/29/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Thursday
Times: 9:55am - 11:45am
Building: TBD
Room: TBD
Date Range: 8/31/2023 - 12/14/2023