Philosophy was not a “discipline” to Aristotle. It was a way of life and a way of understanding life. In his work, Nicomachean Ethics Aristotle tackles the subject of Ethics not as a project of abstract reflection, but as a study on how to be happy. Aristotle argues that human happiness hinges on whether we can acquire virtue. This course will examine Aristotle’s theories regarding human nature, the meaning of goodness, and the virtues necessary for happiness. The class will proceed through each of the ten books of the Ethics with an eye on how his philosophy works and why it is that so many great Christian thinkers have taken it as a starting point for ethical reflection.
Note: Your registration for this course will include a free copy of Peter Martyr Vermigli’s Commentary on Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics (Peter Martyr Library, vol. 9)