Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Philosophy

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics

Spring 2018

Taught By: DS Mattison

Section: A

CRN: 7181

Credits: 2

In this course we will perform a close reading of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics. Our methodology will be largely philological — we will focus on Aristotle’s technical vocabulary. We will collectively inquire into the use and meaning of key ethical terms such as arete, phronesis, ethos, physis, logos, erga, sophrosune, and hedone. Thematically, we will consider Aristotle as a pleasure theorist, and will analyze the role that pleasure and desire play in what he considers to be a good and virtuous life. An understanding of Aristotle’s contribution to ethical thought remains relevant both to a rigorous grasp of the history of philosophy and to the consideration of own’s own ethical comportment. A background both in ancient philosophy and key Aristotelian texts is helpful but not required.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Philosophy (LPHI)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Tutorial (J)

Max Enrollment: 7

Enrollment Status: Closed*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five 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: 12:04am 6/25/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 734

Date Range: 1/23/2018 - 3/6/2018