Course: Readings in Ancient Greek Philosophy I (Aristotle)

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Course title Readings in Ancient Greek Philosophy I (Aristotle)
Course code KPF/B014
Organizational form of instruction Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Kroupa Daniel, Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Konrádová Veronika, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
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
unspecified, unspecified
Learning outcomes
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.
Recommended literature
  • Anagnostopoulos, Georgios. A Companion to Aristotle. Malden, 2009.
  • Aristotelés. Etika Nikomachova. Praha, 1996.
  • Aubenque, Pierre. Rozumnost podle Aristotela. Praha, 2003.
  • Gadamer, H. G. Idea dobra mezi Platónem a Aristotelem, Praha. 1994.
  • Graeser, Andreas. Řecká filosofie klasického období. Praha, 2000.
  • MacIntyre, A.. Ztráta ctnosti. Praha, 2005.
  • Nussbaum, Martha C. Křehkost dobra. Praha, 2003.
  • Pakaluk, Michael. Aristotle´s Nicomachean Ethics: an introduction. Cambridge, 2005.
  • Rezek, Petr (ed.). Spravedlnost jako zdatnost. Praha, 1996.
  • Synek, Stanislav. Lidská přirozenost jako úkol člověka: filosofická interpretace Etiky Nikomachovy. Praha, 2011.
  • Špinka, Š. Blaženost smrtelných bytostí: Aristotelés, in: Š. Špinka et al. (vyd.), Přístupy k etice I. Praha, 2014. ISBN 978-80-7007-430-5.
  • Tugendhat, E.. Přednášky o etice. Praha, 2004.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Arts Study plan (Version): Philosophy (A14) Category: Philosophy, theology 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter