Virtue Ethics: Traditional, Comparative, and Contemporary Approaches|
Spring 2020 not offered
This course provides an overview and evaluation of various virtue-based approaches to ethics in the Western and Eastern traditions. In the first part of the course, we will get a basic sense for the structure and distinctive features of ancient virtue-based ethical theories. In the second part of the course, we will follow the trajectory of these approaches through to their revival in the late 20th century in the contemporary virtue ethics movement.
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We will study readings from antiquity and modernity in both the western and eastern traditions that argue for (and sometimes against) virtue-based approaches to ethics. Readings from antiquity will include Aristotle, Confucius, and Mencius. Contemporary readings (in a course pack) will include Philippa Foot, John McDowell, Alasdair MacIntyre, Stephen Darwall, Martha Nussbaum, Rosalind Hursthouse, John Doris, Julia Annas, and Rachana Kamtekar.
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Assignments will include a final research paper, three 500-word reflection essays, and oral presentations.
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