PHIL 7703 Aristolte's Ethics: Plotinus, Ennead I (Spring: 3 )
The purpose of this course will be twofold: 1) An analysis of the moral and intellectual virtues in relation to happiness as the goal of ethics. Aristotle understands human nature as social, so how do individuals attain virtue, especially as member of society and as friends? 2) Plotinus reacts to Aristotelian eudaimonism, which he finds deficient in relation to the Platonic goal of the ascent of the soul. Despite Plotinus' critique, he incorporates ideas from both Plato and Aristotle into a more complex understanding of human nature that includes, among other things, the first explicit theory of the unconscious.
Instructor(s): Gary M. Gurtler, S.J.
Last Updated: 07-Dec-13