|Readings in Ancient Greek Philosophy I (Aristotle)
|Organizational form of instruction
|Level of course
|Year of study
|Winter and summer
|Number of ECTS credits
|Language of instruction
|Status of course
|Form of instruction
|This is not an internship
|Recommended optional programme components
The course consists of a long-term continuous reading of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics. The extent of the course will cover these topics: the character of ethical inquiry - the good - eudaimonia - arete - the "doctrine of the mean" - correct judgment - voluntary and involuntary - deliberation and choice - the freedom of action - the ethical and intellectual virtues - the nature of individual virtues - self-control and the weakness of the will - pleasure - friendship - political and contemplative life.
|Learning activities and teaching methods
The course is designed as a detailed tutorial reading of classical texts of ancient philosophy, particularly Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics. In the first term, students will get acquainted with the concept of Aristotle's ethical thought and its key concepts and in the next terms continue with readings of Aristotle's text. Seminar readings will be supplemented with presentations of papers based on secondary literature comparing various interpretative approaches.
Students will acquire the following academic knowledge: - can explain the key concepts of Aristotelian ethics - can read and interpret a primary text and confront it with the interpretation of the secondary literature - can explain hypotheses, methods and aims of Aristotle's analysis in the Nicomachean Ethics - can explain the basic concepts of Aristotle's ethics in detail, his analysis of human behaviour and the structure arete
|Assessment methods and criteria
75% participation in seminars is required. To obtain credit: students work out a paper in written and orally presented form, using secondary academic literature (Czech, or foreign language), alternatively an essay on a given topic using primary and secondary sources.
|Study plans that include the course