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PHIL 7783 Classical Ethics (Spring: 3 )

Course Description

An exploration of 14 short Great Books in ethics centering on the practical, personal question "What is the good life?" (1) Ecclesiastes, (2) Plato's Gorgias, (3) Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, (4) Epictetus' Enchiridion, (5) Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, (6) Augustine's Confessions (excerpts), (7) Aquinas' Summa (excerpts), (8) Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching, (9) Kant's Metaphysics of Morals, (10) the Humanist Manifesto, (11) C.S. Lewis' The Abolition of Man, (12) Sartre's Existentialism and Human Emotions, (13) Marcel's The Philosophy of Existentialism, and (14) Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning.

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Peter J. Kreeft

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17