Undergraduate Module Descriptor
PHL3114: Aristotle's Ethics
This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.
|Term(s) and duration|
This module will run during term 2 (11 weeks)
Dr Edward Skidelsky (Convenor)
|Available via distance learning|
The Nicomachean Ethics, written about 350 BC, is the best known work of the Greek philosopher Aristotle and one of the most influential treatises on ethics ever. Its original title was “Ta Ethika,” meaning “things concerning character.” In it, Aristotle analyses the notions of character, action and responsibility; discusses various virtues including wisdom, courage, justice, wit and generosity; distinguishes different forms of friendship; and paints a picture the ideal life.
In this module, we will analyse Aristotle’s Ethics book by book, relating it both to its historical context and to modern debates in moral philosophy.
This module is suitable for students taking philosophy or other subjects. No prior knowledge of philosophy is required.