Ethics (PHIL*6230) | College of Arts

Ethics (PHIL*6230)

Code and section: PHIL*6230*01

Term: Winter 2018

Instructor: John Hacker-Wright


This course will survey the development of neo-Aristotelian moral theory from 1958 to the present. Neo-Aristotelian moral theory is one major strand of virtue ethics. This approach to moral theory focuses on assessing action in terms of virtues, which are qualities that perfect our powers as human beings. The approach raises deep, interesting questions about human nature and the philosophy of action. We will begin with Anscombe's "Modern Moral Philosophy" often seen as the beginning of neo-Aristotelian moral philosophy, and go all the way up to current debates about the view. Readings will include Philippa Foot's Natural Goodness and Michael Thompson's Life and Action. No previous background in moral philosophy or Aristotle is required.