Undergraduate Course: Theory of Virtue (PHIL10165)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course will introduce students to central ideas in the theory of virtue from the ancient, early modern and contemporary periods, illustrating the development of this area of moral philosophy, the various ways in which the concept of virtue has been interpreted, and the different views which have been held about its significance for ethics.
The course will cover the treatment of virtue in the ancient world (Socrates, Plato, Aristotle and the Stoics), in the mediaeval period (Aquinas), in the early modern period (Hume and Kant), and in more recent philosophy, where it has become central to a distinctive philosophical movement, that of virtue ethics. Topics explored will include moral character, the individual virtues, and the connection of virtue with human happiness or flourishing.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 3 Philosophy courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Students will acquire an understanding of some major issues in the theory of virtue
- Students will acquire an understanding of some historic texts in the theory of virtue
- Students will acquire an understanding of connections between historical and contemporary philosophy
- Students will acquire the ability to understand and analyse arguments
- Students will acquire the ability to present and defend arguments
|Plato, Protagoras, Meno, Republic Books II-IV.|
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Books I-IV.
Aquinas, Treatise on the Virtues.
D. Hume, Treatise on Human Nature, Book III, Part 3. and Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals, Appendix 4.
I. Kant, The Doctrine of Virtue.
D. Statman , ed. Virtue Ethics: A Critical Reader.
R. Crisp and M. Slote, eds, Virtue Ethics (Oxford Readings in Philosophy).
R. Crisp, ed. How Should One Live? Essays on the Virtues.
J. Driver, Uneasy Virtue.
A. Macintyre, After Virtue.
R. Hursthouse, On Virtue Ethics
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|Course organiser||Dr Andrew Mason
|Course secretary||Miss Ann-Marie Cowe
Tel: (0131 6)50 3961